Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


807

Forb
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it on roadbanks, in "wildlife food plots," disturbed areas, floodplains, creekbanks, 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
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
NC Botanical Garden
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Creamy-white
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Fall
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 cuneata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza cuneata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-27-011:
Lespedeza cuneata   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Sericea Lespedeza, Chinese Lespedeza


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JK Marlow    jkm120406_613

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm060607_001

June    Greenville County    SC

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June    Greenville County    SC

Leaves often gray-green. Lower petioles 1-2.5cm, upper leaves sessile, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm060731_005

July    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

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Frank Breazeale    fwb_img_8614ed1

August    Anderson County    SC

Flowers white w purple markings, solitary or 2 or 3 in upper axils, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm100809_402

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm140809_492

August    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

Flowers shorter than the subtending leaves, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm180813_3740

August    Greenville County    SC

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August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Stem often gray-green with lines of hairs, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm141009_091

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves densely appressed short-pubescent, appearing grayish-green or silvery, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm141020_163

October    Greenville County    SC

Leaflet base narrowly cuneate, the tip rounded, truncate or even retuse, per Weakley's Flora.


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    jkm101120_286

November    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm101120_286b

November    Greenville County    SC

Flat single-seeded legume pod, 3-4mm wide, clasped by persistent sepals, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.