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Lespedeza procumbens

Lespedeza procumbens Michx.

 

Downy Trailing Bush-clover

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFabalesLegumes (pea and bean families)
FamilyFabaceaeLegume family (peas and beans)
GenusLespedezaFor Cespedez, Spanish governor of east Flordia in late 18th century
SpeciesprocumbensWith trailing, prostrate stems

About plant names...

Downy trailing bush clover is native to the eastern United States. It appears in dry forests, woodlands, clearings, and roadsides.

Plants: Plants creep along the ground, reaching up to 4' (1.2 m) in length. Branches have dense hairs that spread outward. (The similar species Lespedeza repens is hairless or has fine hairs that lay against the stem (appressed).)

Leaves: Leaflets are oval, on stalks (petioles) that are shorter than the leaflets. They are broader toward the leaf tip, and ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) long.

Flowers: Pink, in racemes containing 8-12 flowers. with bilateral symmetry. They appear from August to October.

These are closely similar:

 

Lespedeza procumbens (Downy Trailing Bush-clover)

8/31/2013 · Riverside Park, James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm) ID is uncertain

Lespedeza procumbens (Downy Trailing Bush-clover)

8/31/2013 · Riverside Park, James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 7 × 8" (16 × 19 cm) ID is uncertain

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Lespedeza procumbens
Common Name

Downy Trailing Bush-clover
Plant Plants creep along the ground, reaching up to 4' (1.2 m) in length. Branches have dense hairs that spread outward.
Flowers Pink, in racemes containing 8-12 flowers. with bilateral symmetry. They appear from August to October.
Leaves Leaflets are oval, on stalks (petioles) that are shorter than the leaflets. They are broader toward the leaf tip, and ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) long.
Range/ Zones

Habitats Dry forests, woodlands, clearings, and roadsides.
Type Wild

 

Online References:

Lespedeza procumbens on Discover Life

Lespedeza procumbens on nametheplant.net (Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia)

Lespedeza procumbens on Missouriplants.com

Lespedeza procumbens on www.marylandbiodiversity.com

Lespedeza procumbens on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site

Lespedeza procumbens on michiganflora.net

Lespedeza procumbens on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

References:

Clemants, Steven; Gracie, Carol, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 98

Lespedeza procumbens (Downy Trailing Bush-clover)

8/31/2013 · Riverside Park, James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 8 × 5" (21 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Lespedeza procumbens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 18 Jul 2017.

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Lespedeza procumbens (Downy Trailing Bush-clover)

8/31/2013 · Riverside Park, James River, Midlothian, VA
≈ 7 × 6" (18 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

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