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Lespedeza frutescens (Linnaeus) Hornemann. Subgenus: Lespedeza. clade: E. Violet Lespedeza. 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

Syn: = 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

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