Lespedeza juncea subsp. sericea (Maxim.) Steenis

Chinese Lespedeza

Nova Guinea 6 (2): 280 (1955) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect or decumbent perennial subshrub, 60–120 cm tall; stems appressed silky-hairy. Leaflets linear-cuneate to obovate, 7–25 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, upper surface glabrous, lower surface appressed-hairy, apices truncate to obtuse, mucronate; stipules 1–6 mm long. Flowers solitary or 2–7 in axillary clusters; bracts to c. 1 mm long; bracteoles linear, to c. 2 mm long. Calyx 3–5 mm long, appressed-hairy; teeth longer than tube; corolla 6–7 mm long, creamy-yellow or pink-purple; standard often with a darker purple patch; keel curved. Pod 3–4 mm long, sparsely hairy, sessile; seed c. 2.5 mm long, brown.  Flowers summer–autumn.

CVU, EGL, EGU, HNF, HSF, MuF, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Scattered in north-eastern and eastern Victoria and often locally abundant on seasonally inundated sandy soils along watercourses.

All Australian specimens appear to be referable to the subsp. sericea which is characterized by its more upright habit and paler flowers. This taxon is sometimes (e.g. Wiersema et al. 1990) recognized at species level, as L. cuneata.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Lespedeza
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lespedeza juncea subsp. sericea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lespedeza juncea subsp. sericea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory