from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any shrubby or herbaceous plant of the genus Lespedeza, widely used for forage, soil improvement, and especially hay in the Southern U.S.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of leguminous plants of the tribe Hedysareæ, distinguished by the generally one-seeded and one-jointed pod and the pinnately trifoliate leaves without stipules. See hoopkoopplant, and Japan clover (under Japan).
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- n. shrubby or herbaceous plants widely used for forage, soil improvement, and especially hay in southern United States
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_ (A) Evergreen, more or less procumbent; 2-3 ft. Lespedeza, _Lespedeza bicolor.
The Hairy Lespedeza is a common perennial herb with the species name Lespedeza hirta.
Above 950 m, there is a community of deciduous broad-leaved trees, bushes and herbs, including Clethra faberi, Platycarya strobilacea, Lespedeza bicolor, Quercus spinosa and Rosa henryi.
Shrubs consist of Manchurian filbert (Corylus mandshurica) and Lespedeza bicolor at lower elevations in the southern region.
Here, Mongolian oak (Quercus mongolica) remains as an important species with Daurian birch (Betula dahurica) and the shrubs bushclover (Lespedeza bicolor) and hazel (Corylus heterophylla).
Among the instances where wars have had, or are claimed to have had, an important agency in the distribution of seeds throughout an invaded country, he mentions the fact that "after our late civil war, a little leguminous plant (_Lespedeza striata_) sprang up all over the southern states," and adds, "that it was not known how it came, or where from, but its native country is Japan."
We were using different types of plums for the understory; then on the ground we had _Lespedeza sericea_.
This value that you can get from growing honeylocust and _Lespedeza sericea_ on the same soil is the same as with honeylocust and alfalfa if you are in the alfalfa belt, or something like that with other perennial legumes.
Then they'd graze the _Lespedeza sericea_ till the honeylocust pods started falling in the fall, and they'd fatten off on the honeylocust, and you'd put them on the market just before the Christmas holidays.
Now, understand, with this yield of pods we were cutting two and a half tons of hay from the _Lespedeza sericea_ each year.