Virginia Jointvetch Facts
- We all know how incredibly picky some delicate beauties can be, right? Well, it is the same for the seemingly rather delicate Virginia Jointvetch or Aeschynomene Virginica.
- This remains an extremely rare and beautiful species of flowering plant. Sadly, it now faces concerns over its continued existence.
- Habitat loss has (of course) been a major contributor to the decline in numbers of the Aeschynomene Virginica. This occurs due to its needs for a rather specific combination of conditions.
- The US government has listed the plant as Threatened since 1992.
Virginia Jointvetch Physical Description
The lovely Virginia Jointvetch represents a small herbaceous species. Individual specimens often attain a height of as much as 6.5 ft (2 m).
The dark green leaves also lie in alternating patterns and are composed of numerous small leaflets which are also sensitive to touch. In fact, these will actually close upon touch.
The Virginia Jointvetch evolved as an annual plant and typically blooms from early to late summer to early fall. The flower of the plant also reaches about 0.4 in (1 cm) in length and shows a bright yellow in color.
The center also boasts small, bright red veins and the fruit develops as a relatively small pod.
Species: A. virginica
Virginia Jointvetch Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The truly lovely Virginia Jointvetch appears to be native to only to a highly restricted portion of the East Coast of the United States.
There, only 20 known populations are currently known to exist. Most of those also remain quite small in number and widely scattered.
The few known concentrations of the plant exist in isolated portions of the states of New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.
The Virginia Jointvetch has, surprisingly, evolved to survive only in freshwater tidal marshes that both possess low salinity and experience tidal activity (picky indeed).
Due to its highly specific environmental requirements, this plant understandably remains extremely vulnerable to the threat of climate change.