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The Hairypod Cowpea, sometimes just called Cowpea, is a perennial vine that trails along the ground or twines on nearby vegetation. Its stems can reach a length of 10 feet. It grows along shores, in tidal marshes, pinelands, and disturbed sites such as roadsides. It is found in the southeastern part of the United States. It is a Florida native plant found mainly in the peninsula portion of the state.
These plants are legumes, meaning that they return nitrogen to the soil. They also serve as host plants for several butterflies, including Cassius Blue, Gray Hairstreak, Dorantes Skipper and Long-
The images were taken in October in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County.
The range distribution maps for the Hairypod Cowpea are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).