Lespedeza violacea (L.) Pers.  
Family: Fabaceae
violet bush-clover, violet lespedeza
[Hedysarum frutescens L., Hedysarum violaceum L., Lespedeza frutescens (L.) Elliott, Lespedeza prairea (Mack. & Bush) Britton, Lespedeza violacea var. prairea (L.) Pers.]
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Robert H. Read  
Etymology: Lespedeza: after Cespedez, Spanish governor of east Flordia in late 18th century
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb often with many branches, mostly hairless
Leaves: 3-parted, stalks almost as long as the elliptical leaflets
Flowers: purple to pink, 5-parted, 1/3" long; inflorescence a loose cluster (raceme) of a few, stalked flowers; blooms Aug.
Habitat: dry; upland woods, glades, prairies; in rocky, sandy soil
Conservation Status: Special Concern
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