Kummerowia striata (Thunb.) Schindl.
USDA PLANTS Symbol: KUST2
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Japanese clover, common lespedeza
- Kummerowia striata is an annual plant that can reach 16 in. (40 cm) in height.
- Leaves are alternate, trifoliate, petiolate and up to 0.75 in. (4 cm) long. Leaves are subtended with 0.1-0.6 in. (3-6 mm) long, lance-shaped stipules.
- Flowers are pink, purple and white, 0.2-0.3 in. (5-8 mm) long and papilionaceous.
- Fruits are 0.2 in. (4 mm) long legumes and each contain a single seed.
- Ecological Threat
- Kummerowia striata occurs in fields, open woods, roadsides and other disturbed sites. It is native to Asia and was introduced into the United States around 1850.
Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources
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