Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1885

Forb
Perennial

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

Common

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

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full sun partial shade

LEAVES:
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 1-3 rounded segments

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Desmodium ciliare   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium ciliare +   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-013:
Desmodium ciliare   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Hairy Small-leaved Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil


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JK Marlow    jkm0509d_35

September    Greenville County    SC


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JK Marlow    jkm0509d_36b

September    Greenville County    SC

Petals pink to purplish, 3-5mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm140907_343

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Stem pilose but petioles well-developed ... D. ciliare x D. marilandicum, per Native and Naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the United States (Isely, 1998).

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JK Marlow    jkm140907_346347

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Probably D. ciliare x D. marilandicum.

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JK Marlow    jkm140907_354b

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Probably D. ciliare x D. marilandicum.

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JK Marlow    jkm160910_003

September    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160920_003

September    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160920_005

September    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160920_008

September    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm180905_4577

September    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    s050910_f

September    Greenville County    SC

Inflorescence usually paniculate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    s050910_g

September    Greenville County    SC

Pedicels (2-)4-9mm long, each subtended by a secondary bract or bractlet, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    s050910_i

September    Greenville County    SC

Small blunt leaflets with petioles under 3/8", more or less soft-hairy, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


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JK Marlow    s051118_a

November    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    s051118_b

November    Greenville County    SC

Loment of 1-2(-3) subovate segments, each 3.5-6mm long and 2.8-4mm broad, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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