Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


806

Shrub; Forb
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it in "wildlife food plots," roadsides, forests, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Purplish/ Magenta
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 bicolor   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza bicolor   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-27-005:
Lespedeza bicolor   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Bicolor Lespedeza, Bicolor, Shrubby Lespedeza


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image of Lespedeza bicolor

JK Marlow    jkm0507n_35

July    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Lespedeza bicolor

JK Marlow    jkm120804_338

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Raceme of 5-15 well-spaced flowers in upper axils & exceeding upper leaves, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Lespedeza bicolor

JK Marlow    jkm120804_341

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Lespedeza bicolor

JK Marlow    jkm120804_346

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

A much-branched woody shrub to 10' tall, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Lespedeza bicolor

JK Marlow    jkm0509b_01b

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Flowers pea-type, rosy-purple to white (bicolor), per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Lespedeza bicolor

JK Marlow    s070927_h

September    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Each leaflet elliptic-ovate with a hairlike tip; underside lighter, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.


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

image of Lespedeza bicolor

JK Marlow    s070927_h2

September    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Legume broadly elliptic, 6-8 mm long, tapering to both ends, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lespedeza bicolor

JK Marlow    jkm081026_044

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Lespedeza legumes are one-seeded, indehiscent, and flattened, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.