A native plant in North America, where it is found in Florida and surrounding southeastern states, as well as in the West Indies.
A perennial plant that is capable of growing to a small shrub-like plant. Reproduction is from seeds. The plants are common along roadsides and in many disturbed sites.
Plants can grow to several feet tall, with multiple branching and a bushy habit. Stems are covered with soft hairs and the leaves also are hairy. Short branches arise from the main stem, alternate along the stem. The leaves are then alternate along these branches, as well as a large leaf often arising from the juncture of the branch and the stem. Leaves are compound, and are divided into several dozen long, narrow leaflets. The flowers occur singly or in pairs from the leaf axils. These are yellow to orange and typically pea-like, with the elongated calyx surrounding the base.
Characteristicts Important to Control:
Physical removal is effective, although the tough, fibrous root system will make this somewhat difficult.