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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Kummerowia striata   FAMILY Fabaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Kummerowia striata   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 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.

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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 palmately compound

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JK Marlow    jkm120827_066

August    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm190825_0927

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Flowers solitary or 2-5 in spikelike axillary racemes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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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, Japanese Clover, Common Lespedeza, Annual Lespedeza

Roxanna Martin    rlm82210_131

August    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Kummerowia striata, Japanese Clover, Common Lespedeza, Annual Lespedeza

Roxanna Martin    rlm8710_370

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaflets inconspicuously appressed-ciliate, not emarginate, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Kummerowia striata, Japanese Clover, Common Lespedeza, Annual Lespedeza

Roxanna Martin    rlm8710_373

August    Spartanburg County    SC

 

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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-27-002:
Lespedeza striata   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

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813

Forb
Annual

Non-native: east Asia

Habitat: Fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

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LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate
Stipules are persistent.

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Purplish
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

Flowers solitary or 2-5 in spikelike axillary racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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