Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


446

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in GA Coastal Plain)

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 (rarely white)
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 canescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium canescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-006:
Desmodium canescens   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Hoary Tick-trefoil


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image of Desmodium canescens

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_meca16_001_lvd

        

image of Desmodium canescens

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_desmodium_canescens_1

July    Iredell County    NC

image of Desmodium canescens

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_desmodium_canescens_3

July    Iredell County    NC

Petiole much longer than stalk of terminal leaflet, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.


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image of Desmodium canescens

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_d_canescens_5_s

August        

Inflorescence typically villous as well as uncinulate-puberulent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Desmodium canescens

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_desmodium_canescens_2

September    Iredell County    NC

Corolla 8-13 mm long, per Weakley's Flora.


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