Lespedeza virginica (L.) Britton  
Family: Fabaceae
slender bush-clover, Virginia lespedeza
[Medicago virginica L.]
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Etymology: Lespedeza: after Cespedez, Spanish governor of east Flordia in late 18th century
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb, 1 to a few stems
Leaves: 3-parted, the leaflets narrow; pointing upward on long-stalks
Flowers: pink to purple, 5-parted, 3/8" long, irregular shape; inflorescence a small, leafy, crowded cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers, leaves below the cluster longer than its stalk; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: dry; woods; in rocky, sandy soil
Conservation Status: Threatened
Lespedeza virginica image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Lespedeza virginica image
June M. Dobberpuhl  
Lespedeza virginica image
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