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The autumn winds have brought down the lurid, neon-green, curiously wrinkled fruits of the Osage orange...
The autumn winds have brought down the lurid, neon-green, curiously wrinkled fruits of the Osage orange...
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Lespedeza thunbergii

The arching sprays of this medium-sized shrub in the Fabaceae are covered with magenta flowers typical of the family. Symmetrical along the vertical axis (zygomorphic, as humans are), the upper petal, called the banner, is conspicuously large and envelops the rest of the petals in bud. The two adjacent petals, the wings, surround the two bottom petals that are fused into a narrow keel.

The hairs lining the pointed leaflets, held in threes, create a silver edge.

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