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.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-27-001:
Lespedeza stipulacea FAMILY Fabaceae
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.
Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Habitat: Fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
Non-native: east Asia
Common in Carolinas (uncommon to rare in GA)
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Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
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 (Miller & Miller, 2005) p110
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p338
- Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia (Chafin, 2016) p195
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p083
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