Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1913

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in sandhills, woodlands, and woodland borders, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade

LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Purplish/ Light violet
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lespedeza virginica   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza virginica   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-27-006:
Lespedeza virginica   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Lespedeza, Slender Lespedeza, Virginia Bush-clover, Slender Bush-clover


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_levi7_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm060603_039

June    Greenville County    SC

Field

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JK Marlow    jkm060603_069

June    Pickens County    SC

Churchyard or cemetery

Note the reddish stem.

image of Lespedeza virginica

JK Marlow    s060603_d

June    Greenville County    SC

Field

Leaflet base and apex both rounded. Petioles of mid-stem leaves ~ 10mm long, per Weakley's Flora.


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JK Marlow    s080607_c

June    Pickens County    SC

Leaves with long petioles, leaflets < 1/4" wide & about 4x as long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Lespedeza virginica

JK Marlow    jkm0408l_10

August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0408l_12

August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Crowded clusters of 4-10 flowers in upper leaf axils, shorter than leaves, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.