Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


811

Forb
Perennial

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

Common

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

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partial shade

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 repens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza repens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-27-004:
Lespedeza repens   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Trailing Lespedeza, Creeping Lespedeza, Creeping Bush-clover


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lere2_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120626_270b

June    Greenville County    SC

Petals subequal in length, or keel slightly exceeding wing petals and standard, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm120626_273

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120626_273b

June    Greenville County    SC

Keel subequal to the wings, or shorter, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm120626_275

June    Greenville County    SC

Plants trailing at maturity, stem slender, wiry, appressed-pubescent, strigose, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Lespedeza repens

JK Marlow    jkm120626_275b

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaflets elliptic, obovate-oblong (or ovate or oblong), ~ half as wide as long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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image of Lespedeza repens

JK Marlow    jkm0509c_35

September    Greenville County    SC

Field

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JK Marlow    jkm0509d_01

September    Greenville County    SC

Field

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JK Marlow    jkm0509d_0608

September    Greenville County    SC

Field