Common Name: lespedeza, sericea
Species: Lespedeza cuneata (Dum.-Cours.) G.Don
Bayer Code: LESCU

Sericea lespedeza is a perennial weed that is commonly found in pasture areas. The woody stems grow upright. Individual leaves are oblong in shape, and appear to have been folded. Small white and purple flowers can be found in the axils of the leaves. An important identifying characteristic of sericea lespedeza is the stiff hairs that can be found on the stem.
sericea lespedeza
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sericea lespedeza leaf arrangement
sericea lespedeza leaf, venation
sericea lespedeza leaf arrangement
sericea lespedeza
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Growth Season perennial weed 
Growth Habit uprightmay reach five feet in height
Leaflet Number three 
Leaf Margin smooth 
Leaf Hairs upper/lower surfacedense
Leaf/Leaflet Shape linear/oblong 
Leaf Width 1/2 - 1 inchleaflets are 0.5 - 0.75 inches (13 - 19 mm) long
Leaf Venation pinnateprominent midvein on each leaflet
Leaf Arrangement alternate 
Root Type taprootwoody taproot
Flower Color blue/purple OR white