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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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