Plant ID forum: Maybe a Lespedeza?

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Name: Christine
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Nov 4, 2013 9:29 AM CST
This is growing near the woods' edge and does get some dappled morning sun.

Right now it's gone to seed. I'll have to go through my many photos showing it flowering. It has tiny flowers, pinkish/white.

The pics I took of the leaves didn't come out so I'll try again after the rain lets up.

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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Nov 4, 2013 9:43 AM CST

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It might be Japanese clover (Kummerowia striata),

http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=KUST2

or its close relative Korean clover (Kummerowia stipulacea),

http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=KUST

but that's just a guess without the flowers.

For what it is worth, both species used to be included in the Lespedeza genus and Kummerowia stipulacea is still commonly referred to as Korean lespedeza around here
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 4, 2013 10:42 AM CST
It does resemble Japanese or Korean Clover. Here are some images of K. striata: http://www.google.com/search?q=kummerowia+striata&tbm=isch&t...

And, K. stipulacea: http://www.google.com/search?q=kummerowia+stipulacea&tbm=isc...
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plantladylin
Nov 4, 2013 12:09 PM CST
Christine: For comparison, here are images of Lespedeza texana:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Lespedeza+texana&tbm=isch&tb...
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Name: Christine
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Nov 4, 2013 2:09 PM CST
Thank you Kent and Lin. Wow, they are all so close, even that L. texana looks so much like the first two. I found some pictures that were taken in May, when it was flowering. The honey bees love it.


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Nov 4, 2013 2:13 PM CST
More pictures.


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KentPfeiffer
Nov 4, 2013 2:47 PM CST

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Lin's suggestion, Lespedeza texana, looks like a better match to me, but it's hard to say for sure.
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plantladylin
Nov 4, 2013 4:21 PM CST
It sure is beautiful ... I think you should take some photo's (or stem/leaf cuttings) to your local extension agent to see if you can get a correct ID. I know there is one type of Lespedeza in the south that's considered invasive. It will be wonderful if yours is the native L. texana.
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Nov 4, 2013 4:30 PM CST
Thanks you guys. I've been meaning to take some other plants to the local extension. I'll take a couple of cuttings to dry; they want dried plants only.

Thanks again. Smiling
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plantladylin
Nov 4, 2013 5:59 PM CST
I'm curious as to the identity so I hope you will let us know what you find out.
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Nov 5, 2013 8:34 AM CST
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Name: Christine
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Nov 8, 2013 10:29 AM CST
I took a cutting to dry. Hope this is sufficient or do you think I should pull some with the root?

I'm feeling good that it might just be Lespedeza texana...
http://w3.biosci.utexas.edu/prc/specimens/img/128LespeTexxxx...


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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Nov 8, 2013 3:00 PM CST
If it is relatively easy, ALWAYS get the whole plant. I don't know about near relatives of this one, but many of the members of the Fabaceae family have tubers of different sorts.

Answers (and identifications) can only be as good as the information (and samples) given.
Name: Christine
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Nov 9, 2013 9:19 AM CST
Thank you, Rick, for your good advice.

I didn't attempt to dig any up, yet.

I did notice, when I was looking back at my pictures, that there are several other species of Lespedeza flowering at the same time as this plant on the property.


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Name: Christine
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Sep 26, 2014 9:14 AM CST
This is in fact Lespedeza texana. An easy way to tell L. texana from the Japanese clover (Kummerowia striata) is by looking at the leaf veins.



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