OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Desmodium tortuosum   FAMILY Fabaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium tortuosum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Desmodium tortuosum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-26-009:
Desmodium tortuosum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Meibomia purpurea

 

COMMON NAME:
Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil


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JK Marlow    jkm161106_084

November    Williamsburg County    SC

image of Desmodium tortuosum, Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm161106_086

November    Williamsburg County    SC

Loment of 2-7 segments, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. Each 3-3.5mm long, per Weakley's Flora.


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image of Desmodium tortuosum, Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm161106_086b

November    Williamsburg County    SC

Loment segments nearly symmetrical (diamond, rounded-diamond, or ~ elliptical), per Weakley's Flora.


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image of Desmodium tortuosum, Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm161106_088b

November    Williamsburg County    SC

Stipules and stipels persistent. Leaflets often more than 2x long as wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Desmodium tortuosum, Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm161106_089

November    Williamsburg County    SC

image of Desmodium tortuosum, Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm161106_090

November    Williamsburg County    SC

image of Desmodium tortuosum, Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm161106_091

November    Williamsburg County    SC

image of Desmodium tortuosum, Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm161106_091b

November    Williamsburg County    SC

image of Desmodium tortuosum, Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm161106_094

November    Williamsburg County    SC

image of Desmodium tortuosum, Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm161106_097

November    Williamsburg County    SC

image of Desmodium tortuosum, Florida Tick-trefoil, dixie tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm161106_099

November    Williamsburg County    SC

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Desmodium tortuosum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium tortuosum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Desmodium tortuosum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-26-009:
Desmodium tortuosum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Meibomia purpurea

 

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4059

Forb
Annual

Native? Non-native? perhaps only introduced in the southeastern US

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

Habitat: Fields, woodland borders, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate
Stipules are persistent.
Stipels persistent.

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

 

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