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

Look for it in moist to dry forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Whorl-like cluster

FLOWER:
Summer
Rose-purplish (rarely white)
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 monadelphous stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a loose raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Loment with (1-)2-4 segments

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Hylodesmum nudiflorum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium nudiflorum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-001:
Desmodium nudiflorum   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Naked Tick-trefoil, Naked-flowered Tick Trefoil, Woodland Tick-trefoil


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_menu2_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm060506_027

May    Oconee County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaflets ovate to obovate, to 4" long, crowded at top of the sterile branch, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.


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JK Marlow    jkm170624_255

June    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm170624_271

June    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm0507j_27

July    Greenville County    SC

Wildcat Falls Wayside Park

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JK Marlow    jkm120727_942

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowers of the Bean Family are of a unique form known as "papilionaceous", per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Tim Spira    tps_dnudiflorum2

July        

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Tim Spira    tps_dnudiflorum4

July        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_d_nudiflorum_s

September        

Rose-purple, pea-like flowers in a loose raceme on a leafless scape, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.


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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdnudiflorum_home

Month Unknown    Anderson County    SC

Fertile stems to about 30" tall, typically erect at first, leaning with age, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdnudiflorum_home2

Month Unknown    Anderson County    SC

Stem forked at base: sterile branch to 12" tall and leafless scape to 40", per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdnudiflorum_homeb

Month Unknown    Anderson County    SC

Legume (loment) straight across one edge and scalloped along the other, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


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