Photographer: Merel R. Black
Lespedeza leptostachya Engelm.
prairie bush-clover, prairie lespedeza
Lespedeza: after Cespedez, Spanish governor of east Flordia in late 18th century
leptostachya: leptos for "thin;" stachya for "spike;" hence Latin for "slender-spiked"
|Status: ||Endangered (Federally Threatened)|
|Plant: ||erect to drooping, perennial, 20"-40" tall forb with silky hairs, usually unbranched|
|Flower: ||cream to pinkish, 5-parted, 1/4" long; inflorescence a thin, sparse spike often of separated clusters of stalkless flowers; blooms July-Aug.|
|Fruit:||with very fine, dense hairs|
|Leaf:||3-parted with narrow, linear leaflets|
|Habitat: ||dry; prairies|