Common Name: lespedeza, common
Species: Lespedeza striata (Thunb.) Schind
Bayer Code: LESST

Lespedeza is a dark green, wiry summer annual with trifoliate leaves. Several wide-spreading prostrate branches come from the slender taproot. It grows close to the ground and seldom is cut by a mower. It is a very common summer weed, choking out thin turf. Hairs grow downward on the stem. Leaves are composed of three leaflets. Stipules are light to reddish brown. Small single flowers arise from the leaf axils on most of the nodes of the main stems and are pink or purple.
common lespedeza leaves
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common lespedeza
common lespedeza leaf venation
common lespedeza
common lespedeza
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Growth Season summer annual weed 
Growth Habit prostrate, spreading 
Leaflet Number three 
Leaf Margin smooth 
Leaf Hairs leaf marginmay be some along the midveins and margins only
Leaf/Leaflet Shape linear/oblong OR oval/egg-shaped/ellipticalelliptical to oblong
Leaf Width <1/2 inch OR 1/2 - 1 inch 
Leaf Venation pinnateprominent midvein on each leaflet, many parallel veins almost perpendicular to the midvein
Leaf Arrangement alternate 
Root Type fibrous 
Flower Color blue/purpleflowers can range from pink to purple