Coefficient of Conservatism:
Coefficient of Wetness:
A. A. Reznicek
Dry open usually sandy ground, including prairies, fields, bluffs. and roadsides. The Cheboygan Co. collection doubtless represents a roadside waif well beyond the normal range (found only in 1924).
The leaves are nearly sessile or on very short petioles, shorter than the petiolules of the terminal leaflets. The leaflets vary from glabrous to silky pubescent above, but are always ± silky pubescent beneath.
Lespedeza capitata hybridizes with L. hirta, and this hybrid has been identified from Berrien, Kent, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Lapeer, Oakland, and Washtenaw Cos. Such plants are intermediate in leaf shape, and often other characters. Lespedeza capitata × L. violacea has been identified from Berrien and Cass Cos.; two collections from Livingston Co. appear to be Lespedeza ×simulata Mack. & Bush (L. capitata × L. virginica).