Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


809

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in woodlands and woodland borders, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Lespedeza violacea   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza violacea   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-27-009:
Lespedeza intermedia   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Lespedeza intermedia

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Lespedeza violacea

 

COMMON NAME:
Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover


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image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

JK Marlow    jkm190802_0473

August    Greenville County    SC

image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

JK Marlow    jkm190825_0936

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Leaflets (1.3-) 1.8-3 (-3.5)x long as wide, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

JK Marlow    jkm190825_0938

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Legumes strigose, those produced by chasmogamous flowers 5-7mm long, per Leguminosae (Fabaceae), vol 3, part 2, Vascular flora of the southeastern United States (Isely, 1990).

image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

JK Marlow    jkm180903_4496

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

JK Marlow    jkm180903_4497

September    Greenville County    SC

Pubescence of the stem appressed, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

JK Marlow    jkm180903_4498

September    Greenville County    SC

Flowers in dense racemes. Keel petals usually shorter than the wing petals, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

JK Marlow    jkm190903_1147

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_lespedeza_violacea_1

September    Catawba County    NC

image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_lespedeza_violacea_1b

September    Catawba County    NC

Upper surface of leaflets glabrous (sometimes strigose along midrib only), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_lespedeza_violacea_2

September    Catawba County    NC

Uppermost flowers commonly exceed their subtending leaves; lower flowers don't, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lespedeza violacea, Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_lespedeza_violacea_3

September    Catawba County    NC