Taxon: Lespedeza thunbergii (DC.) Nakai

Genus: Lespedeza
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
  Subfamily: Faboideae
      Tribe: Desmodieae
        Subtribe: Lespedezinae
Nomen number: 21904
Place of publication: Lespedeza Japan Korea 15. 1927
Comment: a horticultural species
Name Verified on: 30-May-1989 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 14-Oct-2016
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 13 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Zander ed14)
  • Animal food: forage (fide Ohashi, pers. comm)
  • Fuels: fuelwood (fide Firewood Cr)

Distributional Range:


    . probable hybrid origin


  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan

  • Cultivated:

  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan


  • Akiyama, S. 1988. A revision of the genus Lespedeza section Macrolespedeza (Leguminosae) Bull. Univ. Mus. Univ. Tokyo 33:158.
  • Barnard, I. 2006. Exotic plant introduction in Kansas, two new species (Sida) 22:777-779.
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 14. Auflage. 1993 (Zander ed14)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  • Englert, J. M. et al. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators. 1999- (NRCS Cons Pl Mat)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 16. Auflage. 2000 (Zander ed16)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Jiangsu Inst. Bot., ed. v. 1; Shan. R. H., ed. v. 2 Jiangsu Zhiwuzhi (Flora of Jiangsu). 1977-1982 (F Chiangsu)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • National Academy of Sciences Firewood crops. Shrub and tree species for energy production. 1980 (Firewood Cr)
  • Ohashi, H. 1981. Notes on Lespedeza thunbergii (DC.) Nakai J. Jap. Bot. 56:239-244.
  • Ohashi, H. 1986. Notes on Lespedeza thunbergii and its wild ancester, var. patens (Leguminosae) J. Jap. Bot. 61:114-126.
  • Ohashi, H. 2012. Review of Fabaceae Japan, Taiwan data for World Economic Plants, ed. 2 (pers. comm.)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Rehder, A. Bibliography of cultivated trees and shrubs. 1949 (Rehder)
  • Welsh, S. L. 1978. Utah flora: Fabaceae (Leguminosae) Great Basin Naturalist 38:318.


Check other web resources for Lespedeza thunbergii (DC.) Nakai :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image