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Published In: Flora Boreali-Americana (Michaux) 2: 70–71, pl. 39–40. 1803. (Fl. Bor.-Amer.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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General/Distribution: A genus with about 40 species, distributed in Temperate North America, East and Tropical Asia and Tropical Australia. In Pakistan it is represented by 5 species.


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Shrubs or undershrubs, branches pubescent. Leaf pinnately trifoliolate or unifoliolate, leaflets entire, stipules free. Inflorescence raceme, panicle or flowers fasciculate. Bract small, 2 bracteoles at the tip of the pedicel. Calyx teeth subequal or 2 upper teeth connate. Keel straight, obtuse or truncate. Stamens diadelphous, 9+1, anthers uniform. Ovary unifoliolate. Fruit ovate or orbicular, compressed, indehiscent.

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1 Flowers in peduncled raceme (2)
+ Flowers in cluster or in shortly peduncled umbel (3)
2 (1) Stem with white appressed hairs Lespedeza floribunda
+ Stem with yellowish spreading hairs Lespedeza tomentosa
3 (1) Leaflets more than 5 mm broad Lespedeza elegans
+ Leaflets less than 5 mm broad (4)
4 (3) Calyx c. 7.5-9 mm long, keel c. 12 mm long Lespedeza gerardiana
+ Calyx c. 2.5 mm long, keel c. 5-7 mm long (5)
5 (4) Length of pedicel and peduncle more than 5 mm long (leaflets obovate)
+ Length of pedicel and peduncle less than 5 mm long (6)
6 (5) Leaflets oblanceolate Lespedeza juncea var. sericea
+ Leaflets obovate
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