common lespedeza
Kummerowia striata (Thunb.) Schindl.


Kummerowia striata is an annual plant that can reach 16 in. (40 cm) in height.
Leaves are alternate, trifoliate, petiolate and up to 0.75 in. (4 cm) long. Leaves are subtended with 0.1-0.6 in. (3-6 mm) long, lance-shaped stipules.
Flowers are pink, purple and white, 0.2-0.3 in. (5-8 mm) long and papilionaceous.
Fruits are 0.2 in. (4 mm) long legumes and each contain a single seed.
Ecological Threat
Kummerowia striata occurs in fields, open woods, roadsides and other disturbed sites. It is native to Asia and was introduced into the United States around 1850.


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   Troublesome or Common weed in one or more crops

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Genus: Kummerowia
Subject: Kummerowia striata (Thunb.) Schindl.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
Japanese clover, common lespedeza

Related Scientific Names:
Lespedeza striata (Synonym)


Plants - Forbs/Herbs