Korean lespedeza
Kummerowia stipulacea (Maxim.) Makino


Kummerowia stipulacea is an annual freely branching herbaceous plant with upward pointing hairs. The plant can be procumbent to erect and can reach up to 24 in. (61 cm) in height. It has shallow taproots.
Leaves are alternate, trifoliate, petiolate and up to 0.75 in. (4 cm) long.
Flowers are pink, purple and white, 0.2-0.3 in. (5-8 mm) long and occur either singly or in groups of up to 5 in a spike-like raceme.
Fruits are 0.2 in. (4 mm) long legumes and each contain a single seed.
Ecological Threat
K. stipulacea occurs in old fields, roadsides, grasslands, mountain slopes, stable or semistable sand dunes. It is native to Korea and was introduced into the United States and has become established in natural areas.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Genus: Kummerowia
Subject: Kummerowia stipulacea (Maxim.) Makino

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
Korean clover, korean lespedeza

Related Scientific Names:
Lespedeza stipulacea (Maxim.) Makino (Synonym)


Plants - Forbs/Herbs