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)

Look for it in dry oak and pine forests, 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
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 3-5 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 laevigatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium laevigatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-017:
Desmodium laevigatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Tick-trefoil