Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Unlike most others in the genus, this is a species of woodlands and small openings in woodlands/forests, preferring partial shade... Learn more from Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Known in many floras as L. violacea (see synonymy), that name actually is the correct name for the species traditionally known as L. intermedia, per Weakley's Flora (2022)
SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-27-008:
Lespedeza violacea FAMILY Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Violet Lespedeza, Shrubby Bush-clover
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SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED)
Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: woodlands and woodland borders, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in Mountains & NC Piedmont (rare in GA Coastal Plain) (uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)
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Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Stipules are persistent.
Purplish/ Light violet
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
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