Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2970

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (rare in Piedmont, uncommon in GA)

Look for it in sandhills, other dry woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
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 terminal panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Loment with 1-2 segments, concave above & rounded below

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium strictum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-012:
Desmodium strictum   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Pinebarren Tick-trefoil, Pineland Tick-trefoil, Upland Slender Tick-trefoil


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image of Desmodium strictum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mest7_001_lvd

        

image of Desmodium strictum

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_desmo_strictum1

September    Richmond County    NC

image of Desmodium strictum

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_desmo_strictum2

September    Richmond County    NC

Inflorescence usually paniculate. Pedicels (4)6-11mm long; petals 3-5mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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image of Desmodium strictum

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_desmo_strictum2b

September    Richmond County    NC

Terminal leaflets linear to narrowly oblong, often 6-10x long as wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.