Amorpha californica

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Amorpha californica
var. californica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Genus: Amorpha
Species: A. californica
Binomial name
Amorpha californica

Amorpha californica is a species of flowering plant in the legume family known by the common name California false indigo.

It is native to California, Arizona, and northern Baja California, where it grows in the California chaparral and woodlands and other chaparral and oak woodlands habitats.


Amorpha californica is a glandular, thorn-less shrub with leaves made up of spiny, oval-shaped leaflets each tipped with a resin gland. The scattered inflorescences are spike-like racemes of flowers, each flower with a single violet petal and ten protruding stamens. The fruit is a legume pod containing usually a single seed.


The endemic California dogface butterfly larvae feed on Amorpha californica.

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