Lespedeza frutescens (Linnaeus) Hornemann. Subgenus: Lespedeza. clade: E. Phen: Jul-Sep; Oct-Nov. Hab: Woodlands and woodland borders. Dist: MA and NY west to MI, WI, IA, and KS, south to SC, GA, AL, ne. FL, FL Panhandle, MS, AR, and n. TX. Many previous and current portrayals of the distribution of this species are based in part on mis-identifications of the more common Lespedeza violacea.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Taxonomy Comments: Known in many older floras as L. violacea (see synonymy), that name is actually the correct name for the species traditionally known as L. intermedia, based on the type material (see Reveal & Barrie 1991).
Synonymy: = Ar, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, S, Va, Reveal & Barrie (1991); = Lespedeza violacea (L.) Pers. – C, F, G, GrPl, Il, NcTx, Pa, RAB, SE3, Tn, Tx, W, WV, Clewell (1966a), Clewell (1966b), Isely (1998), misapplied; < Lespedeza violacea (L.) Pers. – WH3, misapplied