Regularity: Regularly occurring
Global Range: Massachusetts south to Florida, west to Texas, north to Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, New York. Historic occurrence in Vermont; extirpated in Indiana and Pennsylvania.
Difficult to distinguish from L. intermedia and L. virginica. L. stuevei has (1) the leaflets relatively broad (less than 3.5 times as long as wide, vs. usually 5-7 times as long as wide in L. virginica); (2) the upper surface of the leaflet pubescent, vs. glabrous or strigose along midrib in L. intermedia and strigose in L. virginica; (3) the lower surface of the leaflet usually densely hairy ("subappressed-villosulous") but varying sometimes to strigose, vs. merely strigose in L. intermedia & L. virginica; (4) upper 2 calyx-lobes connate less than half their length if at all, vs. connate at least half their length in both L. virginica and L. intermedia. Distinguishable from other Lespedeza species by this combination of characters: stems erect, simple or branched above the middle; racemes as long as or only slightly exceeding subtending leaves; racemes with numerous flowers; calyx much shorter than legume and corolla; corolla purple; herbaceous plant. (Isely 1990, Gleason & Cronquist 1991)
Comments: "Open, usually dry, often sterile, rocky woodlands, woodland openings and glades, old fields, roadsides, less frequently river bottons and moist pine savannas" (Isely 1990). "Dry upland woods & barrens" (Gleason and Cronquist 1991).
Life History and Behavior
Persistence: PERENNIAL, DECIDUOUS
Has both relatively showy chasmogamous and inconspicuous cleistogamous flowers. Hybridizes with several other species.
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N4 - Apparently Secure
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