Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


813

Forb
Annual

Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

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

 

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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Kummerowia striata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Kummerowia striata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-27-002:
Lespedeza striata   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese-clover, Common Lespedeza, Annual Lespedeza


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_kust2_002_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lest4_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    s050604_a

June    Greenville County    SC

Field

Mid-stem leaves have petioles 1-2(-4)mm long, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Kummerowia striata

JK Marlow    jkm120826_012

August    Greenville County    SC

The leaflets of Kummerowia have striate, parallel lateral veins, 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    jkm120827_066

August    Greenville County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm82010_116

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Stipules narrowly ovate-lanceolate, those of the principal leaves 3-6mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Kummerowia striata

Roxanna Martin    rlm82210_131

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowers solitary along stem in upper leaf axils, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Kummerowia striata

Roxanna Martin    rlm8710_370

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaflets inconspicuously appressed-ciliate, not emarginate, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Kummerowia striata

Roxanna Martin    rlm8710_373

August    Spartanburg County    SC