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Lespedeza capitata

Lespedeza capitata Michx.

Lespedeza bicknellii House

Lespedeza capitata Michx. var. stenophylla Bissell & Fernald

Lespedeza capitata Michx. var. velutina (E.P. Bicknell) Fernald

Lespedeza capitata Michx. var. vulgaris Torr. & A. Gray

Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFabalesLegumes (pea and bean families)
FamilyFabaceaeLegume family (peas and beans)
GenusLespedezaFor Cespedez, Spanish governor of east Flordia in late 18th century
SpeciescapitataCapitate, refers to the way the flowers form in a head-like cluster

About plant names...

Round-headed bush clover is a North American native.

Identification: Plants are 24-48" (60-121 cm) tall, rarely to 5' (1.5 m), on a single, erect stalk that is fuzzy with tiny hairs. Leaves are in clusters of three (trifoliate), each an elongated oval about ½-3" (1.3-7.6 cm) long, with smooth edges. Clusters of tiny, pea-like flowers hug the stem. Individual flowers are about ¼" (6.3 mm) in size, cream-colored, and have a small pink/purple spot in the center. They bloom from August to September. Flowers look greenish white from a distance because they are surrounded by hairy green bracts that become the fruits. These fruits turn brown in the fall and typically last through the winter, providing a readily recognized sight in the winter.

Online References:

Lespedeza capitata on Missouriplants.com

Lespedeza capitata at Illinois Wildflowers

Lespedeza capitata on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Lespedeza capitata on emilydecampherbarium.rutgers.edu

Lespedeza capitata on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Lespedeza capitata at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lespedeza capitata at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Lespedeza capitata on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

5/19/2016 · Bemis Road Trails, Pepperell, MA

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

9/14/2009 · Near Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 8 × 12" (20 × 31 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

8/13/2010 · Old RR bed near Wilkins Farm, Pepperell, MA
≈ 7 × 8" (18 × 20 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

7/17/2014 · Amos Kendall Conservation Land, Dunstable, MA
≈ 3½ × 6" (9.8 × 14 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

8/4/2009 · Near Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 17 × 24" (42 × 61 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

11/7/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

10/12/2013 · Flat Rock Hill Trail, off Skytop Lane, Dunstable, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 28 cm)

Lespedeza capitata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.

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Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

9/20/2016 · Bemis Road Conservation Area, Pepperell, MA

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

9/14/2009 · Near Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 4 × 6" (10 × 15 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

7/17/2014 · Amos Kendall Conservation Land, Dunstable, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm) ID is dubious

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

9/25/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, near Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

8/25/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 4 × 6" (9.9 × 15 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

8/30/2010 · Old RR bed near Wilkins Farm, Pepperell, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

9/20/2016 · Bemis Road Conservation Area, Pepperell, MA

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

10/12/2013 · Flat Rock Hill Trail, off Skytop Lane, Dunstable, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (16 × 23 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

9/25/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, near Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm)

Lespedeza capitata (Rounded-headed Bush Clover, Roundhead Lespedeza, Bush Clover, Round-headed Bush Clover)

7/17/2014 · Amos Kendall Conservation Land, Dunstable, MA
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 18 cm)

Range: Zones 4-8:

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