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shrubby lespedeza
Lespedeza bicolor Turcz.

Overview

Appearance
Lespedeza bicolor is an upright semi-woody forb, 3-10 ft. (0.9-3 m) in height with many slender stems and arching branches.
Foliage
Leaves are elliptical, alternate, abundant and three-parted. Leaflets are oval with the lower surface lighter than the upper surface.
Flowers
Flowering occurs in the summer, when purple, pea-like flowers develop in clusters. Flowers are less than 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long.
Fruit
The fruit are flat, indehiscent pods and contain one seed that measure up to 0.31 in. (8 mm) long.
Ecological Threat
Lespedeza bicolor is an extremely aggressive invader of open areas, forming dense thickets, which displace native vegetation. Native to Asia and introduced into the United States in the late 1800s, it has been widely planted for wildlife habitat, especially for northern bobwhite quail.

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Infestation
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Flower(s)
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Fruit(s)
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Foliage
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Plant(s)
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Maps


EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Regulated List

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Genus: Lespedeza

Other System Links

Plants: LEBI2
GRIN: 21847
ITIS: 25895
NPDN Pest: PCQBEBF
NPDN Host: 37251

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
bicolor lespedeza, shrub lespedeza

Categories

Category: Shrub or Subshrub
Category: Forbs/Herbs