Glycyrrhiza lepidota Pursh.
Fabaceae (Legume Family)
▲ new sprouts from creeping roots
▲ young, mature plant
▲▼ mature flowering plants
▲ mature plant with flowers and young fruit
▲ stem and leaves, showing slightly winged leaf rachis'
▲▼ flowers, and flowers with young fruit
▲ mature, bur-like fruit
Wild Licorice: (pp. 304-305, Weeds of the Great Plainsónot in Weeds of the Northeast)
∑ native creeping perennial plant with rhizomes found in moist prairies, pastures, rangeland, roadsides
∑ produces mostly unbranched stems, 1-4 feet tall, with pinnately compound leaves; leaf rachisí are slightly winged; leaflets are oval, pointed and olive-yellow-green to medium green
∑ flowers are small, white to creamy-white, in terminal and axillary racemes
∑ fruit is a bur-like pod that matures to a red-brown color
∑ root is edible and has been used medicinally by native Americans
∑ not very palatable to livestock and burs are irritating to them