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Lespedeza virgata (Thunb.) DC.


Description from Flora of China

Subshrubs or perennial herbs, small, 20-50 cm tall, some­times to 1 m. Stems branched at base; branchlets purple, thin, adpressed white pubescent. Leaves 3-foliolate; petiole 1-2 cm, adpressed white hairy; leaflets elliptic, oblong, or ovate-oblong, terminal one (0.6-)1-3.5 × 0.4-1.5 cm, abaxially densely ad­pressed pubescent, adaxially glabrous, base rounded, apex rounded or obtuse-rounded, sometimes emarginate, mucronate. Racemes axillary, laxly flowered, often 3-flowered; peduncle thin, filiform or stouter, distinctly overtopping leaves, adpressed white or spreading hairy. Pedicel short. Calyx 4-7 mm. Stan­dard white, with purple spots at base, ca. 6 mm; wings shorter; keel longer than standard or subequal. Cleistogamous flowers clustered in leaf axils, sessile, fruit-bearing. Legume nearly or­bicular, often not overtopping calyx.

Rocky mountain slopes, mountain forests, roadsides, thickets; below 800 m. Anhui, Fujian, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Taiwan, Zhe­jiang [Japan, Korea].


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