Stylosanthes biflora
Pencil Flower

Stylosanthes biflora
Stylosanthes biflora
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Stylosanthes biflora
Common name: Pencil Flower
Group: dicot
Family: Fabaceae (Legume)
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 6 - 20"
Foliage: leaves are alternate. Each leaf is divided into three lanceolate to elliptic leaflets.
Flower: Small yellow-orange flowers growing singly or in small clusters at the end of the branches, 1/4", growing singly or in small clusters at the ends of the branches. 
Flowering time: June
Habitat: Dry woods and fields, dry roadsides
Range in New Jersey:  
Heritage ranking, if any: S3
Misc.: (stylos = pencil, referring to the hollow receptacle surrounding the pistil.). Larval and adult insects use Stylosanthes biflora for larval food and nectar.