Lespedeza stuevei velvety lespedeza Fabaceae LEST; R (DeCandido 2001);

   

Lespedeza stuevei.Arthur Haines.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Lespedeza stuevei.Arthur Haines.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

Lespedeza stuevei is a perennial herb 0.3-1.2 m tall, stems softly hairy, erect, simple or with wand-like branches. 

Leaves alternate, crowded, stalks short, blade 3-parted, leaflets oblong or widest above middle, hairy on both sides, larger leaflets of main stem 1-3 cm long, to about 1 cm wide (Radford et al. 1968). 

Flowers of two kinds: those with purple petals, 0.6-0.8 cm long, pea-flower-shaped, wings longer than keel, calyx lobes 0.1-0.3 cm long, hairy, unequal; inflorescence of dense, leafy, unbranched clusters in upper axils, inflorescence stalk shorter than leaves, and flowers without petals, numerous, in stalkless, in axillary clusters; Aug.-Sept. 

Fruit dry, 0.4-0.7 cm long, densely hairy, mostly from closed self-pollinated flowers (Radford et al. 1968), 1-seeded; fruits Aug.-Oct. (Hough 1983). 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Rare (NYS S2 T). 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry open woods, sand barrens.