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Lespedeza Mich., Fl.Bor.Am. 2:70.t.39. 1803. Baker in Hook. f,Fl. Brit.Ind.2:142.1876, pro parte; Parker, For.Fl.Punj. 3rd.ed.144.1956 pro parte; Ali in Biologia 12:37.1966.

Shrubs or undershrubs, branches pubescent. Leaf pinnately trifoliolate or unifoliolate, leaflets entire, stipules free. Inflorescence raceme, panicle or flowers fasciculate. Bract small, 2 bracteoles at the tip of the pedicel. Calyx teeth subequal or 2 upper teeth connate. Keel straight, obtuse or truncate. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, anthers uniform. Ovary unifoliolate. Fruit ovate or orbicular, compressed, indehiscent.

A genus with about 40 species, distributed in Temperate North America, East and Tropical Asia and Tropical Australia. In Pakistan it is represented by 5 species.

1 Flowers in peduncled raceme   (2)
+ Flowers in cluster or in shortly peduncled umbel   (3)
2 (1) Stem with white appressed hairs   Lespedeza floribunda
+ Stem with yellowish spreading hairs   Lespedeza tomentosa
3 (1) Leaflets more than 5 mm broad   Lespedeza elegans
+ Leaflets less than 5 mm broad   (4)
4 (3) Calyx c. 7.5-9 mm long, keel c. 12 mm long   Lespedeza gerardiana
+ Calyx c. 2.5 mm long, keel c. 5-7 mm long   (5)
5 (4) Length of pedicel and peduncle more than 5 mm long (leaflets obovate)   Lespedeza juncea var. juncea
+ Length of pedicel and peduncle less than 5 mm long   (6)
6 (5) Leaflets obovate   Lespedeza juncea var. variegata
+ Leaflets oblanceolate   Lespedeza juncea var. sericea

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