Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3263

Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon (rare in GA)

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

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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 4 or more angular segments

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Desmodium cuspidatum var. cuspidatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium cuspidatum var. cuspidatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-007:
Desmodium cuspidatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Long-bracted Tick-trefoil, Toothed Tick-trefoil


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image of Desmodium cuspidatum var. cuspidatum

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_desmo_cuspidatum2

July    Richmond County    NC

Infl. usually loosely paniculate. Pedicels 2-7mm long; petals 6-12mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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image of Desmodium cuspidatum var. cuspidatum

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_desmo_cuspidatum4

July    Richmond County    NC

Leaves glabrous or nearly so, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Desmodium cuspidatum var. cuspidatum

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_desmo_cuspidatum4b

July    Richmond County    NC

Stipules ovate to lance-attenuate, 1-2cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.