Lechea pulchella

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Lechea pulchella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Violales
Family: Cistaceae
Genus: Lechea
Species: L. pulchella
Binomial name
Lechea pulchella
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Natural range of Lechea pulchella from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: bead pinweed, Leggett's pinweed, southern hairy pinweed[1]

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Lechea leggettii var. moniliformis (E.P. Bicknell) Hodgdon; L. leggettii var. leggettii; L. leggettii Britton & Hollick var. ramosissima Hodgdon; L. leggettii var. typica[1]

Varieties: Lechea pulchella Rafinesque var. moniliformis (E.P. Bicknell) Mohlenbrock; Lechea pulchella Rafinesque var. pulchella; Lechea pulchella Rafinesque var. ramosissima (Hodgdon) Sorrie & Weakley[1]


Recorded to be a frequent species where found.[2]


Lechea pulchella var. moniliformis is common from the Coastal Plain to Nantucket Island, extending form Massachusetts to southern New Jersey, with disjunct populations along the Great Lakes.[1]

Lechea pulchella var. pulchella ranges from eastern Massachusetts to northeastern Ohio, then south to central Virginia.[1]

Lechea pulchella var. ramosissima is found from southeastern Virginia, south to northern Florida, and then west to eastern Louisiana. There are disjunct populations in Tennessee.[1]



This species can be found in dry, loamy sands in open flatwoods, bogs, pine-oak scrub, and bordering tidal marshes.[2] It has also been found growing in grassy areas near borrow pits and alongside trails.[2] Associated species include Longleaf pine and wiregrass.[2]


This species flowers from June through August and fruits from August through October.[1]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Weakley, A.S. 2020. Flora of the Southeastern United States. Edition of 20 October 2020. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Robert K. Godfrey, and R. A. Norris. States and Counties: Florida: Gadsden, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla. Georgia: Atkinson and Thomas.