Thunberg's Bush Clover - Smooth Trailing Lespedeza
Lespedeza thunbergii - (A.P. de Candolle) Nakai
Fabaceae (bean) family
Mike Carter, Pensacola, Florida, September 2010
Plant is a perennial vine with several to many hairy trailing stems. The hairs are upwardly appressed. Trailing Lespedeza is also known as Trailing Bush Clover. Its preferred habitat is dry places, thin woods, roadsides, and grassy areas. Distribution in the Escambia region is throughout.
The leaves are small and arranged trifoliate, elliptic to obovate to oblong in outline, and about 1 or 2 cm long and 0.5 to 1 cm wide. Fine appressed hairs may be seen below and sometimes above. Stipules are 2 to 4 cm long with the petioles being slightly hairy.
The flowers are pea-like, few to many, with short stalks. The racemes are on slim prominent peduncles. The colors vary from yellow to rose-pink to purplish. Flowers occur in the summer from May to October.
Fruit is legume