Lespedeza thunbergii

Family (Traditional)Fabaceae
Species:Lespedeza thunbergii (DC.) Nakai
Common NameThunbergs Lespedeza; Thunbergs Bushclover
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: Asia; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: compound; Leaf Dissection: 1; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: ternate; Leaflet Number: 3; Base Flower Color: Pink; Carpel Number/Pistil: 1; Fruit Complexity: Simple; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Legume; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: Yes; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Zygomorphic; Ovules per Carpel: 1; Perianth Present: Yes; Petal Number: 5; Pistil Complexity: Simple; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Parietal; Sepal Number: 5; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 10
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Lespedeza sieboldi Lespedeza sieboldi

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Breathitt (KY), Harlan (KY), Johnson (KY), Martin (KY), Blount (TN), Carter (TN), Cheatham (TN), Haywood (TN), Sevier (TN), Sullivan (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, ETSU, KNK, TENN

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31973000013032 Breathitt Kentucky
Lespedeza thunbergii
TENN-V-0130432 Sevier Tennessee
Lespedeza thunbergii
TENN-V-0130430 Blount Tennessee
Lespedeza thunbergii
APSC0080720 Martin Kentucky
Lespedeza thunbergii
APSC0017702 Cheatham Tennessee
Lespedeza thunbergii
APSC0086548 Harlan Kentucky
Lespedeza thunbergii
APSC0074553 Johnson Kentucky
Lespedeza thunbergii
ETSU008412 Carter Tennessee
Lespedeza thunbergii
31973000013031 Breathitt Kentucky
Lespedeza thunbergii
TENN-V-0130433 Sullivan Tennessee
Lespedeza thunbergii
TENN-V-0130431 Haywood Tennessee
Lespedeza thunbergii
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