Slender Bush-clover
Lespedeza virginica
Fabaceae (Pea) Family

Bush Clover (Lespedeza) is also known as Slender Bush Clover. The plant is an upright, smooth to slightly hairy perennial. Its preferred habitat is roadsides, fields, and open woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; trifoliate (sets of three); linear to oblong in outline; no teeth and no lobes.

The flowers are a raceme arising from the leaf axil. The calyx is 5-lobed; 5 reddish-pink petals. Each flower is bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a legume.

The related Trailing Bush-clover is similar except the calyx is yellow with a purple spot.

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