Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


810

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in woodlands & woodland borders, hammocks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Purplish
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 procumbens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza procumbens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-27-003:
Lespedeza procumbens   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Downy Trailing Lespedeza, Trailing Bush-clover


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lepr_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm160629_105

June    McCormick County    SC

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JK Marlow    s050604_e

June    Greenville County    SC

Pubescent trifoliate leaves with ovate leaflets, per Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition.


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JK Marlow    jkm160715_300

July    McCormick County    SC

Leaflets sparsely to densely spreading, downy short-pubescent on both surfaces, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm82810_312

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Trailing stems short-pubescent or short-pilose, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm82910_78

August    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm83010_104

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Petals purplish to roseate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm83010_97

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Keel about as long as the wing petals, but both shorter than the standard, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160907_090

September    Greenville County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_procumbens_s

September        

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JK Marlow    s070920_b

September    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

Slender, pubescent, trailing or weakly ascendent stems, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.