Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3466

Forb
Perennial

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

Common in & essentially endemic to Southeastern Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere)

Look for it in sandhill-pocosin ecotones and dry to moist savannas, mountain bogs, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Yellowish-white, whitish with a purple base
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 angustifolia   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza angustifolia   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-27-014:
Lespedeza angustifolia   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Lespedeza angustifolia

GREATER THAN Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Lespedeza hirta ar. intercursa

 

COMMON NAME:
Narrow-leaved Lespedeza, Narrowleaf Bush-clover


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image of Lespedeza angustifolia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lean_001_lvd

        

image of Lespedeza angustifolia

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_l_angustifolia1

August    Moore County    NC

Seeds of native bush-clovers are important in the diet of bobwhite quail, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Lespedeza angustifolia

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_l_angustifolia3

August    Moore County    NC

Slender stiffly ascending herb. Leaves almost sessile, leaflets linear, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Lespedeza angustifolia

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_l_angustifolia3b

August    Moore County    NC

Flowers whitish with a purplish base, borne in dense long-stalked spikes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.