Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may find it helpful to read Lespedeza Species in the Carolinas by Bill Stringer.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
Learn more about Lespedeza from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
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James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org bug_5421996
Leaflets 2-3x long as wide (vs. 1.5-2x in L. bicolor), per Weakley's Flora (2012).
COMPARE leaves that are trifoliolate and pinnately compound
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org bug_5421997
Stems purplish when young, many per crown (vs. 1-several in L. bicolor), per Weakley's Flora (2012).
Non-native: east Asia
Habitat: ‘Wildlife food plots’, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora
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This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:
- Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
- Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
- US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Stipules are persistent.
Purplish/ Light violet ?
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
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