Lespedeza stuevei

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Common name: tall lespedeza [1], velvety lespedeza [2]

Lespedeza stuevei
Lespedeza stuevei AFP.jpg
Photo by the Atlas of Florida Plants Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Lespedeza
Species: L. stuevei
Binomial name
Lespedeza stuevei
Natural range of Lespedeza stuevei from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: none

Varieties: none


L. stuevei is a perennial forb/herb of the Fabaceae family native to North America. [1]


L. stuevei is found in the southeastern corner of the United States from Texas to Massachusetts. [1]



L. stuevei is found in woodlands and woodlands borders. [2] Specimens have been collected from dry open upland pine woods, old field with sandy clay, disturbed open pineland, old field, roadsides, and pine-oak sand ridge. [3]


L. stuevei has been observed to flower from August to October. [4] Stems erect, very leafy; leaves alternate, pinnately trifoliolate compound; leaflets 3, sparsely hairy to very hairy on upper surface, very hairy on lower surface, without stipels; flowers in dense clusters; fruit is a 1-seeded, indehiscent pod. [5]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by gravity. [6]

Conservation and Management

L. stuevei is listed as extirpated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Nature Preserves and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as a special concern species by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, and as threatened by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Land and Forests. [1]

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 USDA Plant Database https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=LEST5
  2. 2.0 2.1 Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, R.K. Godfrey, A.F. Clewell, R.Kral, Richard Houk, H. Roth, V. Draig, Bill Boothe, Marcia Boothe, R. Komarek, Norman E. Hill, Delzie Demaree, H. R. Reed, R.F. Christensen, C.C. Christensen, M. Jenkins, L. Langston, C. Iversen. States and counties: Florida (Nassau, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Madison, Santa Rosa, Walton, Bay, Calhoun, Jackson, Santa Rosa, Washington, Holmes) Georgia (Thomas, Charlton, Taylor, Toombs, Wheeler, Appling, Tattnall, Bulloch, Decatur, Chattahoochee, Stewart, Early, Miller, Randolph, Webster, Haralson, Marion) Mississippi (Lawrence, Franklin, Newton, Montgomery, Attala, Madison) Alabama (Calhoun, Lee, Barbour, Macon, Geneva, Bullock, Russell, Conecuh, Dallas, Lee, Tallapoosa, Lee, Henry, Mobile, Sumter, Pike, Mareengo, Clarke) Louisiana (Lincoln, Jackson)
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 22 MAY 2018
  5. Gee, K. L., et al. (1994). White-tailed deer: their foods and management in the cross timbers. Ardmore, OK, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.
  6. Kirkman, L. Katherine. Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.