Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Lespedeza striata (Thunb.) Hook. & Arn.
- Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
- Flowering: July-October
- Field Marks: The small axillary flowers and the hairs on the stem that point downward
distinguish this species.
- Habitat: Disturbed soil, lawns, along streams, fields, open woods.
- Habit: Annual herb with an elongated taproot.
- Stems: Sprawling or ascending, much branched, with tiny hairs that point downward on the
- Leaves: Alternate, divided into 3 leaflets; each leaflet oblong, rounded at the tip, tapering to
the base, toothless but usually with marginal cilia, up to 3/4 inch long, up to 1/3 inch wide; leaf
stalks up to 1/6 inch long.
- Flowers: 1-3 in the axils of the leaves; some flowers with petals, others without.
- Sepals: 5, ovate, green, united below.
- Petals: 5 when present, pink or purple, up to 1/20 inch long.
- Stamens: 10.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Pods oval, pointed at the tip, protruding above the persistent sepals, up to 1/4 inch long.
- Notes: This species is native of eastern Asia. It is sometimes used as a forage species. Some
botanists have recently called this species Kummerowia striata.
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