Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may find it helpful to read Lespedeza Species in the Carolinas by Bill Stringer.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
Learn more about Kummerowia from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Korean Clover, Korean Lespedeza
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Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_k_stipulacea_4
Leaflets emarginate at the apex, conspicuously spreading-ciliate, per Weakley's Flora (2012).
COMPARE leaves that are trifoliolate and pinnately compound
Terry Holdsclaw tdh_kummerowia_stipulacea
September Catawba County NC
Mid-stem leaves with petioles 4-10mm long; stems antrorsely appressed-strigose, per Weakley's Flora.
Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Common (rare in GA)
Look for it in fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:
- Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
- Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
- Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Stipules are persistent.
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Flowers in spikelike axillary racemes
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses p110
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast p338
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p083