Leguminosae, Fabaceae Lespedeza striata (Thunb.) Hoak. & Am.
Source: Magness et al. 1971
Although some 140 species of lespedeza have been described, mostly native to Eastern Asia, only 3 are of importance in American agriculture. Striate lespedeza is an annual of which one variety, common, was established in Georgia by 1850. Its mode of introduction from Asia is unknown. The plant has slender, branched stems up to a foot or more in height and small, trifoliate leaves. An introduction from Kobe, Japan, called Kobe, was made in 1919. It is taller and larger growing than common and is useful both for pasture and hay. Although plants of both kinds are annuals they produce seed in late summer and reseed readily, so stands are long lived if properly handled. Striate lespedezas are palatable and nutritious both as pasture and hay. They are best adapted to the area suitable for cotton from East Texas to the Eastern Seaboard.