Lespedeza cuneata (weed)

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Author(s): James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service
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Lespedeza cuneata (weed) L. - (sericea lespedeza)

The pant is a legume, native to Asia which was introduced into North America around 1900 for controlling erosion and as a forage crop for cattle. However, it is an aggressive invader of open areas and a strong competitor with native pants. It is now considered a noxious weed in several parts of North America and mainly affects grasslands in the Great Plains region of the U.S. The plants grow up to 2 m high and produce over 6000 seeds per plant.

For details see the EPPO datasheet (2019) and the respective page in BugwoodWiki.