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Lespedeza cuneata

Lespedeza cuneata (Dum. Cours.) G. Don

Lespedeza juncea (L. f.) Pers. var. sericea Maxim.

Lespedeza sericea Miq. nom. illeg.

Silky Bush Clover, Chinese Bush Clover, Chinese Lespedeza, Perennial Lespedeza, Sericea Lespedeza

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
SpeciescuneataWedge-shaped

About plant names...

Silky bush clover is a native of China, Korea, Japan, Formosa, and Himalayas. It was introduced to North America in the 1800s, originally to reclaim rapidly eroding soils. It is now widespread and, in most areas, invasive.

Identification: Plants are 3-6' (91-182 cm) in height, with one or several upright-reaching sericeous stems that have stiff, flattened bristles. These look like woody perennials, but they are annuals. Leaves are alternate, closely spaced, covered with dense, flattened hairs, in clusters of three, obovate, narrowly obovate, or oblanceolate, each ⅛-⅞" (5-25 mm) long, with wedge-shaped leaf bases and rounded ends with a sharp, hairlike tip. They are attached via very short petioles. Flowers are cream-colored, bilaterally symmetrical, with purple throats, appearing from July to September. Fruits are flat to round pods with a single seed, ¹/₁₆-³/₁₆" (3-5 mm) long, with hairs flattened against the fruit.

Online References:

Lespedeza cuneata at the Bugwood Wiki

Lespedeza cuneata on Missouriplants.com

Lespedeza cuneata at Illinois Wildflowers

Lespedeza cuneata on the Plant Conservation Alliance’s Alien Plant Working Group Least Wanted List

Lespedeza cuneata on www.texasinvasives.org

Lespedeza cuneata on Invasive.org, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Lespedeza cuneata at HEAR: the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project

Lespedeza cuneata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 3 Nov 2013.

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Lespedeza cuneata (Silky Bush Clover, Chinese Bush Clover, Chinese Lespedeza, Perennial Lespedeza, Sericea Lespedeza)

8/31/2013 · Riverside Park, James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 6 × 4" (16 × 10 cm)

Lespedeza cuneata (Silky Bush Clover, Chinese Bush Clover, Chinese Lespedeza, Perennial Lespedeza, Sericea Lespedeza)

8/31/2013 · Riverside Park, James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 16 cm)

Lespedeza cuneata (Silky Bush Clover, Chinese Bush Clover, Chinese Lespedeza, Perennial Lespedeza, Sericea Lespedeza)

8/31/2013 · Riverside Park, James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

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