Lespedeza hirta (L.) Hornem.
Coefficient of Conservatism: 7
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Lespedeza hirta B. S. Walters

Dry open usually sandy ground, including fields, roadsides, and river banks; oak and oak-hickory forests.

Even if flower color and fruit are unknown, this species can be easily recognized by the ± dense pubescence on the stems and both surfaces of the leaves. No other species in our area with oblong-elliptic leaves has so much pubescence or the flowers in such dense heads. Both this species and L. capitata can be distinguished from our common purple-flowered herbaceous species by the dense heads and the spreading pubescence of the stems. Pubescence, if any, is appressed on the stems of L. frutescens, L. violacea, and L. virginica; only the rare and prostrate L. procumbens has spreading pubescence on the stem. (See also comments on L. ×nuttallii under L. violacea.)


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MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 19, 2021. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1319.