Lespedeza juncea Pers.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Lespedeza juncea' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/lespedeza/lespedeza-juncea/). Accessed 2020-10-27.

Genus

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apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
appressed
Lying flat against an object.
calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
linear
Strap-shaped.
oblanceolate
Inversely lanceolate; broadest towards apex.
retuse
Slightly notched at apex.
trifoliolate
With three leaflets.
truncate
Appearing as if cut off.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Lespedeza juncea' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/lespedeza/lespedeza-juncea/). Accessed 2020-10-27.

A semi-woody plant in this country, sending up annually from a woody root-stock a crowd of slender, grooved stems 2 to 3 ft high, clad with whitish hairs. Leaves trifoliolate, with a slender main-stalk 14 to 12 in. long; leaflets oblanceolate, 13 to 34 in. long, broadest near the apex, where they are 112 to 18 in. wide and short-pointed, tapering thence to a short stalk, covered beneath with fine grey hairs. Flowers in very short-stalked, two- to six-flowered umbels, produced from the leaf-axils; each flower 14 to 13 in. long, white or partly blue; the calyx half as long, hairy, with slender, linear lobes.

Native of the Himalaya, China, Japan, and Siberia; introduced to Kew in 1895. It is not a showy plant, but distinct and striking for its long slender stems of rather broom-like appearance, very densely clothed with the erect, rather appressed leaves. It flowers in September.

L. sericea (Thunb.) Miq., not L. sericea (Wall.) Benth., nom. nud. Hedysarum sericeum Thunb.; L. cuneata (Dum.-Cours.) G. Don; Anthyllis cuneata Dum.-Cours.; L. juncea var. cuneata (Dum.-Cours.) Bean – Leaflets narrowly oblanceolate, 38 to 78 in. long, truncate or retuse at the apex. Flowers whitish. Of no decorative value, but used as a fodder plant in the warmer parts of the world.

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