Aug. 26, 2020

hairy bushclover, Lespedeza hirta

This image of hairy bushclover was taken in Onsted State Game Area, a bit northwest of here. It's an interesting area of glacial geology, with kames and tarns and all. It's near the southern limit of the last glaciation. Botanically, it's supported some good stuff. Fourteen protected or rare species were there. In the 40 years I've been watching, six seem to have disappeared. Autumn olive is the culprit. It has infested an estimated 70% of the Area, crowding or shading out native plants. Hairy bushclover does still occur. It is a plant of dry openings and oak woods, growing in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME(X), MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT(T), WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 8/8/14. Bean family, Fabaceae.