Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Round-head Bush-clover
Lespedeza capitata
Family: Fabaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  S
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3

Prairie patches on limestone.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early July to late September.
Fruiting Period: Early August to mid October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Lespedeza differs from other legumes in having a fruit that does not dehisce with a papery smooth or veiny surface and terminal leaflets generally less than 4-7 cm by 1-4 cm. L. capitata has flowers in round shaped heads and on pedicles that are shorter than the leaves. The leaflets are linear to oblong and more than twice as long as wide.

Woody plant invasion may need to be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity of the species is necessary. Soil disturbance resulting from activities such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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