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.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Thunberg's Lespedeza, Thunberg's Bush-clover
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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).
Habitat: ‘Wildlife food plots’, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora
Non-native: east Asia
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
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
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests (Miller, Chambliss, & Lowenstein, 2010) p052
If a search such as "Carex leptalea var. leptalea" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "Carex leptalea".
Or, to minimize chances of a misspelling, try just "Carex le".
Less is more: If "pencil flower" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "pencil".