common lespedeza USDA PLANTS Symbol: KUST2
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Forbs/Herbs
Kummerowia striata (Thunb.) Schindl.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Fabales: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Synonym(s): Japanese clover, common lespedeza
Native Range: China, Japan (BAIL);

Japanese clover is an annual plant that can reach 16 in. (40 cm) in height. Leaves are alternate, trifoliate, petiolate and up to ¾ 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. Japanese clover occurs in fields, open woods, roadsides and other disturbed sites. It is native to Asia and was introduced into the United States around 1850.

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

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Plant(s);
Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
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Infestation; in August
James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); September. Photo from Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses by J.H. Miller and K.V. Miller, published by The University of Georgia Press in cooperation with the Southern Weed Science Society.
James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; in September
James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Stones River National Battlefield (Tennessee)



Invasive Listing Sources:
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council