Carolinas and Georgia

4059

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Desmodium tortuosum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium tortuosum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-009:
Desmodium tortuosum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Meibomia purpurea

 

COMMON NAME:
dixie tick-trefoil


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

Forb
Annual

Native? Non-native? perhaps only introduced in the southeastern US
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in NC Coastal Plain) (rare in Piedmont)

 

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Loment with 2-7 nearly symmetrical segments

 

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



Desmodium tortuosum   FAMILY Fabaceae

dixie tick-trefoil