Lespedeza capitata Michx.

Roundhead Lespedeza

Lespedeza capitata plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Lespedeza capitata stem

Leaves - No info yet.

Lespedeza capitata leaf

Lespedeza capitata stipules

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Flowers - No info yet.

Lespedeza capitata fruitsFruits.

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Upland and bottomland prairies, glades, loess hills, streambanks, upland woods, thickets, railroads, roadsides.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This attractive species can be found throughout Missouri. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its hairy stems, thin leaflets, and capitate heads of flowers and fruits.
The plant is very nutritious for herbivore mammals.
Steyermark breaks the species into many varieties but these are not valid.

Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 10-10-05.