common lespedeza USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: KUST2
Kummerowia striata (Thunb.) Schindl.
Synonym(s): Japanese clover, common lespedeza

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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