|common lespedeza|| USDA PLANTS Symbol: KUST2
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
|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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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.
|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|