Carolinas and Georgia

2940

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lespedeza thunbergii   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza thunbergii   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Thunberg's Lespedeza


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Look for it in "wildlife food plots," on roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

Subshrub
Perennial

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

Rare


Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

full sun partial shade

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate
Stipules are persistent.

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

FRUIT:
Legume

 

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



Lespedeza thunbergii   FAMILY Fabaceae

Thunberg's Lespedeza