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.
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common lespedeza leaf venation
summer annual weed
may be some along the midveins and margins only
linear/oblong OR oval/egg-shaped/elliptical
elliptical to oblong
<1/2 inch OR 1/2 - 1 inch
prominent midvein on each leaflet, many parallel veins almost perpendicular to the midvein
flowers can range from pink to purple
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