Lespedeza hirta

(Hairy Lespedeza)


Lespedeza hirta, Bastrop State Park, Bastrop Co. 3166


Lespedeza hirta, Bastrop State Park, Bastrop Co. 3172


Lespedeza hirta, Bastrop State Park, Bastrop Co. 3179

Scientific Name Lespedeza hirta USDA PLANTS Symbol LEHI2
Common Name Hairy Lespedeza ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 25900
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Rocky, sandy, dry soils; open woods, glades, clearings.
Plant: Erect perennial 1-1/2 to 3 feet tall; single unbranched stem covered with short hairs.
Leaves: Alternate, trifoliate, petiolate (petiole less than 3/4-inch long) compound leaves, with short stipules; each leaflet oval to obovate about 5/8 to 1-1/2 inches long, with short hairs on the underside; each leaflet on a short petiole.
Inflorescence: Short racemes of flowers 1 to 3 inches long long atop hairy flowering stalks (peduncles) that are often longer than either the leaflets or the inflorescence; typical pea-like flowers densely crowded together, each about 1/3-inch long, and cream-colored, usually with a purple spot at the base; hairy buds.
Bloom Period: Late summer.
References: Illinois Wildflowers and SEINet.
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