Korean lespedeza USDA PLANTS Symbol: KUST
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Forbs/Herbs
Kummerowia stipulacea (Maxim.) Makino

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Fabales: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Synonym(s): Korean clover, korean lespedeza
Native Range: Northeastern China to Korea (BAIL);

Appearance
Kummerowia stipulacea is an annual freely branching herbaceous plant with upward pointing hairs. The plant can be procumbent to erect and can reach up to 24 in. (61 cm) in height. It has shallow taproots.
Foliage
Leaves are alternate, trifoliate, petiolate and up to 0.75 in. (4 cm) long.
Flowers
Flowers are pink, purple and white, 0.2-0.3 in. (5-8 mm) long and occur either singly or in groups of up to 5 in a spike-like raceme.
Fruit
Fruits are 0.2 in. (4 mm) long legumes and each contain a single seed.
Ecological Threat
K. stipulacea occurs in old fields, roadsides, grasslands, mountain slopes, stable or semistable sand dunes. It is native to Korea and was introduced into the United States and has become established in natural areas.

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Foliage;
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Stem(s);
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Foliage;
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Foliage;
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Plant(s);
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Plant(s);
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Plant(s);
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Seed(s);
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Seed(s);
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Seed(s);
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EDDMapS Distribution:
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State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.


Invasive Listing Sources:
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council