Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may find it helpful to read Lespedeza Species in the Carolinas by Bill Stringer.
Learn more about Virginia Lespedeza from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales
Virginia Lespedeza, Slender Lespedeza, Virginia Bush-clover, Slender Bush-clover
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June Greenville County SC
Leaflet base and apex both rounded. Petioles of mid-stem leaves ~ 10mm long, per Weakley's Flora.
COMPARE leaves that are trifoliolate and pinnately compound
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June Pickens County SC
Leaves with long petioles, leaflets < 1/4" wide & about 4x as long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
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August Greenville County SC
Crowded clusters of 4-10 flowers in upper leaf axils, shorter than leaves, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.