Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3919

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains

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

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partial shade ...Dry

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 usually in terminal panicles and axillary racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Loment usually with 2-3 segments

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium lineatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-008:
Desmodium lineatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Meibomia arenicola

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Meibomia polymorpha

 

COMMON NAME:
Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil


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image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mear11_001_lvd

        

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190520_8570

May    Greenville County    SC

Stipules lance-attenuate to linear-subulate, striate, 2-5mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm200531_5457

May    Greenville County    SC

Unusual in the genus in that it "crawls" though not technically a vine, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm200531_5462

May    Greenville County    SC

Stems to 2' long, prostrate/trailing, with leaves quite small for the genus, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190830_1073

August    Greenville County    SC

Distinguished by prostrate habit & small lvs w mostly suborbicular leaflets, per Leguminosae (Fabaceae), vol 3, part 2, Vascular flora of the southeastern United States (Isely, 1990).

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190831_1093

August    Greenville County    SC

Pedicels 6-16mm long; petals 4-6mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Beggar's Lice (Tick-trefoil) species

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190831_1096

August    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190831_1102

August    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190831_1105

August    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190831_1111

August    Greenville County    SC

Loment segments convex above, symmetrically rounded below, per Leguminosae (Fabaceae), vol 3, part 2, Vascular flora of the southeastern United States (Isely, 1990).


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE loments of Desmodium species

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

Keith Bradley    kab_d_lineatum_4046

September    Lexington County    SC

image of Desmodium lineatum, Matted Tick-trefoil, Sand Tick-trefoil

Keith Bradley    kab_d_lineatum_4057

September    Lexington County    SC