Kummerowia striata

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Genus: Kummerowia
Species: K. striata
Scientific Name
Kummerowia striata
(Thunb.) Schindl.
Scientific Name Synonym
Lespedeza striata
N/A
Common Names

common lespedeza, Japanese clover, common lespedeza

Overview

Appearance
Kummerowia striata is an annual plant that can reach 16 in. (40 cm) in height.
Foliage
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
Flowers are pink, purple and white, 0.2-0.3 in. (5-8 mm) long and papilionaceous.
Fruit
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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