Back to Biodiversity Explorer main pageGo to Iziko Museums of Cape Town home pageAbout Biodiversity Explorer - history, goals, etc.Send us your questions about southern African biodiversityPeople who have contributed content and images.Search Biodiversity Explorer

Genus: Lespedeza

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Fabales > Fabaceae > Subfamily: Papilionoideae

About 30 species (eastern North America, easter and southern Asia and Australasia), with one species naturalised in southern Africa, and a further three species that are cultivated in the region.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI)

Lespedeza cuneata

Naturalised in KwaZulu-Natal and northern Eastern Cape. 


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Lespedeza bicolor

Native from Siberia to Japan.


Lespedeza juncea

Native from Siberia to Japan.


Lespedeza striata (Japanese clover)

Native from Japan to Taiwan.



Contact us if you can contribute information or images to improve this page.

Biodiversity Explorer home   Iziko home   Search