Lespedeza capitata Michx.
Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Lespedeza capitata 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).


Allegan County
Barry County
Bay County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cheboygan County
Clinton County
Dickinson County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lapeer County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Monroe County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ottawa County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. November 29, 2022. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1317.