leadplant


Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

lead·plant

 (lĕd′plănt′)
n.
A deciduous North American shrub (Amorpha canescens) in the pea family, having small purple flowers and pinnately compound leaves covered with whitish hairs.

leadplant

(ˈlɛdˌplɑːnt)
n
any of several North American shrubs of the genus Amorpha, esp Amorpha canescens, which was thought by some early miners to indicate the presence of lead ore

lead•plant

(ˈlɛdˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt)

n.
a North American shrub, Amorpha canescens, having grayish leaves and twigs.
[1825–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leadplant - shrub of sandy woodlands and stream banks of western United States having hoary pinnate flowers and dull-colored racemose flowersleadplant - shrub of sandy woodlands and stream banks of western United States having hoary pinnate flowers and dull-colored racemose flowers; thought to indicate the presence of lead ore
amorpha - any plant of the genus Amorpha having odd-pinnate leaves and purplish spicate flowers
References in periodicals archive ?
Native vegetation of the region included grass species such as big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), green needlegrass (Nassella viridula), and porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea) (Niesar & Hubbard, 1997) interspersed with forbs such as narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia), purple prairie clover (Daha purpurea), white prairie clover (Dalea Candida) and shrubs such as leadplant (Amorpha canescens) and prairie rose (Rosa arkansana).
Greene Leadplant Amorpha canescens Pursh Illinois bundleflower Desmanthus illinoensis (Michx.
The taproot of a prairie rose might grow 20 feet straight down, and the main roots of compassplant and leadplant aren't far behind.
In both tall grass and short grass prairies, forbs and legumes such as prairie clover, leadplant, and shooting star bloomed in the spring and summer.