lespedeza, annual

COMMON NAME: Lespedeza, annual
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Kummerowia striata
FAMILY: Fabaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual
FEATURES: Summer annual legumenous herb. Plant diminutive, prostrate growth habit. Trifoliate leaves with
prominent leaf veins. Small zygomorphic purple flowers. Produces a tap root with few adventitious
roots.
DESCRIPTION: Common in low-maintenance turfgrass areas – centipedegrass seems especially prone to infestations.
Drought tolerant. Nodules can be found on roots.

Broad View Infestation in a centipedegrass lawn

Broad View
Infestation in a centipedegrass lawn

Broad View Close up of infestation in centipedegrass lawn

Broad View
Close up of infestation in centipedegrass lawn

Broad View Excavated plant

Broad View
Excavated plant

Leaf Leaflet close up

Leaf
Leaflet close up