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Lespedeza leptostachya

(Prairie Bush-Clover)


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Threat status

Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Prairie Bush-Clover, Prairie Lespedeza


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Genus Lespedeza

Shrubs or undershrubs, branches pubescent . Leaf pinnately trifoliolate or unifoliolate , leaflets entire, stipules free . Inflorescence raceme , panicle or flowers fasciculate. Bract small, 2 bracteoles at the tip of the pedicel. Calyx teeth subequal or 2 upper teeth connate. Keel straight, obtuse or truncate . Stamens diadelphous , 9+1, anthers uniform . Ovary unifoliolate. Fruit ovate or orbicular , compressed , indehiscent.

A genus with about 40 species, distributed in Temperate North America, East and Tropical Asia and Tropical Australia.[1]

Physical Description

Habit: Forb/herb

Flowers: Bloom Period: April, May, June, July, August, September. • Flower Color: magenta, pink, purple


Size: 12-18" tall.


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Duration: Perennial


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Name Status: Accepted Name .

Comment: Climbing : Not climbing, Habit: Herb, Lifespan: Perennial

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Lespedeza

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 49 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

L. acuticarpa (Lespedeza) · L. angustifolia (Narrowleaf Lespedeza) · L. bicolor (Bicolor Lespedeza) · L. bicolor var. bicolor (Bicolor Lespedeza) · L. bicolor 'Summer Beauty' (Shrub Bush Clover) · L. bicolor 'Yakushima' (Shrub Bush Clover) · L. brittonii (Britton's Lespedeza) · L. capitata (Round Headed Bush Clover) · L. cuneata (Perennial Lespedeza) · L. cuneata var. cuneata (Perennial Lespedeza) · L. cyrtobotrya (Bushy Bushclover) · L. hirta (Hairy Bush-Clover) · L. hirta curtissii (Curtiss' Lespedeza) · L. hirta hirta (Hairy Lespedeza) · L. intermedia (Shrubby Bush Clover) · L. japonica (Bush Clover) · L. juncea (Chinese Bush Lespedeza) · L. juncea var. juncea (Amb.) Ali) · L. juncea var. sericea (Chinese Bush-Clover) · L. leptostachya (Prairie Bush-Clover) · L. liukiuensis (Little Volcano Bush Clover) · L. longifolia (Longleaf Lespedeza) · L. manniana (Lespedeza) · L. nuttallii (Nuttall's Lespedeza) · L. oblongifolia (Oblong Lespedeza) · L. potaninii (Lespedeza) · L. procumbens (Trailing Bush-Clover) · L. repens (Creeping Bush-Clover) · L. stipulacea (Korean Lespedeza) · L. stuevei (Lespedeza) · L. texana (Texas Bush-Clover) · L. thunbergii (Pink Bush Clover) · L. thunbergii var. thunbergii (Thunberg´s Lespedeza) · L. thunbergii var. velutina (Thunberg´s Lespedeza) · L. thunbergii 'Alba' (Bush Clover) · L. thunbergii 'Avalanche' (Bush Clover) · L. thunbergii 'Gibraltar' (Pink Bush Clover) · L. thunbergii 'Pink Fountain' (Pink Bush Clover) · L. thunbergii 'Spring Grove' (Pink Bush Clover) · L. thunbergii 'White Fountain' (White Bush Clover) · L. violacea (Violet Lespedeza) · L. virgata (Wand Lespedeza) · L. virginica (Slender Bush Clover) · L. x acuticarpa (Lespedeza) · L. x brittonii (Britton's Lespedeza) · L. x longifolia (Longleaf Lespedeza) · L. x neglecta (Lespedeza) · L. x nuttallii (Nuttall's Bushclover (A Hybrid)) · L. x simulata (Lespedeza)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal February 28, 2008:



  1. "Lespedeza". in Flora of Pakistan Page 357. Published by Science Press (Beijing) and Missouri Botanical Garden Press. Online at [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30