Plant ID forum: Groundcover ID

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Name: Mike
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
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EvergreenMike
Apr 7, 2017 10:22 AM CST
Mid Atlantic zone 7. Found a groundcover, only a few inches tall, growing in part shade. Any ideas?

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DaisyRyder
Apr 7, 2017 12:22 PM CST
Looks like Chamber Bitters. (Chanca Piedra)
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 7, 2017 12:24 PM CST
That was my first thought too but I've never heard the name Chanca Piedra. I know it as Chamber Bitter (Phyllanthus urinaria)
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plantladylin
Apr 7, 2017 12:25 PM CST
Here's a good photo for comparison:
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Name: Mike
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
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EvergreenMike
Apr 7, 2017 1:09 PM CST
Thanks for the replies! I looked into chamberbitter and both Latin names but all the results grew tall and had alternate leaflets. My plant stays incredibly low and has opposite leaflets. Mine seems to have almost no branch structure at all; the leaves just poked right up out of the ground (as far as I could tell). The leaves also curled and unfurled similar to a fern front, but not quite as dramatic.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 7, 2017 1:16 PM CST
With the leaves curling and unfurling, maybe a Senna of some sort?
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plantladylin
Apr 7, 2017 1:18 PM CST
Or maybe a variety of Chamaecrista? https://garden.org/plants/sear...

edited to add links: https://www.marylandbiodiversi...

A few types of Chamaecrista are found in Md: http://www.marylandplantatlas....
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Name: Mike
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EvergreenMike
Apr 7, 2017 2:15 PM CST
Some of those looked really close, so I looked into closely related plants and found vetch (Coronilla spp.) I'm almost sure that's it, but haven't nailed the exact species.
Name: greene
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greene
Apr 7, 2017 2:53 PM CST
I had thought of vetch but most vetch have narrow leaves. Look for a vetch with a "fat" leaf and that's probably it. (I let vetch grow in my yard and harvest it for the rabbits.)
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DaisyI
Apr 7, 2017 5:36 PM CST
My first thought was Vetch also; it looks similar to Crown Vetch. Maybe it just hasn't had a chance to twine yet.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Apr 7, 2017 5:51 PM CST
Good sleuthing EvergreenMike! Thumbs up It does look like Vetch.

Crown Vetch (Securigera varia) (formerly known as Coronilla) is found in Md. https://www.marylandbiodiversi...

More leaf photos for comparison:
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https://www.inaturalist.org/gu...
http://www.kansasnativeplants....
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Apr 7, 2017 8:07 PM CST
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