Carolinas and Georgia

3465

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Desmodium perplexum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium perplexum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-023:
Desmodium perplexum   FAMILY Fabaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Desmodium glabellum

INCLUDED WITHIN Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Blue Ridge (Wofford, 1989)
Desmodium paniculatum var. dillenii

(?) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Meibomia dillenii

 

COMMON NAME:
Perplexing Tick-trefoil, Dillen's Tick-trefoil


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Look for it in fields, woodland borders, hammocks, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & possibly Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA Mountains & Piedmont, rare in GA Coastal Plain)

 

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rose-purplish
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary
Flowers in terminal panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Loment with usually 2-4 broadly rhombic to triangular segments?

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Desmodium perplexum   FAMILY Fabaceae

Perplexing Tick-trefoil, Dillen's Tick-trefoil