Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


808

Forb
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it . Var. hirta is found in woodlands and woodland borders, whereas var. curtissii is found in sandhills and dry-to-moist savannas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Yellowish-white
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 hirta +   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza hirta +   FAMILY Fabaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-27-012:
Lespedeza hirta   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Hairy Bush-clover, Hairy Lespedeza, Silvery Lespedeza


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JK Marlow    jkm060603_020

June    Pickens County    SC

Field

Petioles of middle leaves 1-1.5cm, those of upper leaves short to none, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm060603_032

June    Pickens County    SC

Field

image of Lespedeza hirta +

JK Marlow    jkm160816_004

August    Oconee County    SC

Leaflets 1.3-1.8 x long as wide, 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    jkm060903_083

September    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm060903_083b

September    Greenville County    SC

Hairy calyx lobes much longer than the petals, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm060903_089

September    Greenville County    SC

Leaflets vary greatly in shape: round to ovate-elliptic or obovate, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Lespedeza hirta +

JK Marlow    jkm060903_089c

September    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm060903_095

September    Greenville County    SC

Racemes on often-elongate peduncles equaling or longer than subtending leaves, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lespedeza hirta +

JK Marlow    jkm060903_095b

September    Greenville County    SC

The standard 6-8mm long and bearing a purplish spot, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm0510d_23b

October    Pickens County    SC

Field

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JK Marlow    jkm111029_082

October    Pickens County    SC

Legume 5-8mm long, shorter than the lobes of the long calyx, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm161001_060

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge