Scientific Name Synonyms
common lespedeza, 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.
- Gucker, Corey L. 2010. Kummerowia stipulacea, K. striata, Fire Effects Information System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory
- Flora of China, www.eFloras.org
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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