OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lespedeza bicolor   FAMILY Fabaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza bicolor   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-27-005:
Lespedeza bicolor   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Bicolor Lespedeza, Bicolor, Shrubby Lespedeza


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JK Marlow    jkm0507n_35

July    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

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JK Marlow    jkm120804_341

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm210807_2529

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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

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JK Marlow    jkm210807_2530

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm210807_2531

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Calyx sparsely to densely strigilose, lobes 2.5-4.5mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm210812_2637

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.

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JK Marlow    jkm210812_2647

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm210812_2647b

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm210812_2647c

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Inflorescence a paniculate cluster of individual racemes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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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

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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.

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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.

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JK Marlow    jkm201015_7722

October    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm201015_7727

October    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm201015_7730

October    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

 

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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-27-005:
Lespedeza bicolor   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

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806

Shrub; Forb
Perennial

Non-native: east Asia

Habitat: ‘Wildlife food plots’, roadsides, forests, woodlands, 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:

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate
Stipules are persistent.

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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