Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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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, Hoary Tick-trefoil

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

        

image of Desmodium canescens, Hoary Tick-trefoil

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_desmodium_canescens_1

July    Iredell County    NC

image of Desmodium canescens, Hoary Tick-trefoil

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_desmodium_canescens_3

July    Iredell County    NC

image of Desmodium canescens, Hoary Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190802_0524

August    Greenville County    SC

Stems 6-15dm tall, densely spreading-pilose and uncinulate-puberulent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Desmodium canescens, Hoary Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190802_0525

August    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium canescens, Hoary Tick-trefoil

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, Hoary Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190903_1193

September    Greenville County    SC

Stipules ovate to ovate-lanceolate, with a wide partially clasping base, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Desmodium canescens, Hoary Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190903_1196

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium canescens, Hoary Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190903_1198

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium canescens, Hoary Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190903_1200

September    Greenville County    SC

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

image of Desmodium canescens, Hoary Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190903_1201

September    Greenville County    SC

Corolla 9-13 mm long [in other words, relatively large for a Desmodium!], per Leguminosae (Fabaceae), vol 3, part 2, Vascular flora of the southeastern United States (Isely, 1990).


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image of Desmodium canescens, Hoary Tick-trefoil

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_desmodium_canescens_2

September    Iredell County    NC