Lespedeza cuneata

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Chinese bush-clover, sericea lespedeza

Lespedeza cuneata (Dum. Cours.) G. Don


Synonyms

Lespedeza juncea (L. f.) Pers. var. sericea Maxim.

Lespedeza latissima (Matsum.) Nakai

Lespedeza sericea Miq., nom. illeg.

Lespedeza serpens Nakai


  • ANPC Rank –
  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – No
  • Global Invasive Species Database – Yes[1]
  • NatureServe Rank – Medium
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – No
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – Yes, w/ ESA
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – No

Remarks

Eastern Canada and US. A rapid colonizer of early- to mid-seral grasslands.


[2] Link to Wikipedia, Lespedeza cuneata - "...native to Asia and eastern Australia[2] and it is present elsewhere as an introduced species and sometimes an invasive plant.[3]

"...was used to control erosion and to revegetate abandoned mine sites and was used as forage for livestock. It was useful in areas susceptible to drought because its deep roots can keep it alive..."


[3] Link to USDA Plants, Profile for Lespedeza cuneata (Dum. Cours.) G. Don sericea lespedeza


[4] Link to BugwoodWiki, Lespedeza cuneata - "...has stems that become tough and unpalatable unless kept continually mowed or grazed. The number of stems produced by each plant increases each year, until large pure stands are formed that can take over entire fields. In natural areas, these stands can become so dense that native plants are reduced. L. cuneata also produces chemicals, such as tannins, that can inhibit the growth of other plants and promote the formation of pure stands of L. cuneata...."


Chinese bush-clover, Lespedeza cuneata (Dum. Cours.) G. Don (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States Lic.)
Chinese bush-clover, Lespedeza cuneata (Dum. Cours.) G. Don (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States Lic.)