Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Tall Bush-clover
Lespedeza stuevei
Family: Fabaceae

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

Global Rank: G4?
State Rank: S2S3

Dry woodland.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

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

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Lespedeza stuevei is distinguished from other species of this genus in having lower leaf surfaces velvety-hairy (thus the common name). The flowers are purple and the inflorescences are not extending beyond the leaves but distributed among the leaves and somehat hidden.

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:
Massachusetts south to Florida, west to Texas, north to Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, New York. Historic occurrence in Vermont; extirpated in Indiana and Pennsylvania.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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