Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2940

Subshrub
Perennial

Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it in "wildlife food plots," on roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

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

 

full sun partial shade

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly 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:
Legume

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza thunbergii   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Thunberg's Lespedeza


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image of Lespedeza thunbergii

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5421996

June        

Leaflets 2-3x long as wide (vs. 1.5-2x in L. bicolor), per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves that are trifoliolate and pinnately compound

image of Lespedeza thunbergii

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5421997

June        

Stems purplish when young, many per crown (vs. 1-several in L. bicolor), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Lespedeza thunbergii

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_5421998

June