Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Subshrub; Forb
Perennial

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

Common (rare in GA)

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
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 2-4 rounded segments

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Desmodium nuttallii   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium nuttallii   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-019:
Desmodium nuttallii   FAMILY Fabaceae

LESS THAN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Desmodium viridiflorum

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Meibomia viridiflora

 

COMMON NAME:
Nuttall's Tick-trefoil


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image of Desmodium nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm140906_267

September    Swain County    NC

image of Desmodium nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm140906_273

September    Swain County    NC

Leaves glabrate to moderately appressed-pilose above, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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image of Desmodium nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm140906_279

September    Swain County    NC

Loment more or less arching with 2-4 segments, rounded both above and below, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Desmodium nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm140906_279b

September    Swain County    NC

Bracts (subtending clusters of 2-3 flowers) usually villous, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Desmodium nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm140906_291

September    Swain County    NC

Leaflets cinereous, or villous, on the lower surface, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Desmodium nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm140906_291b

September    Swain County    NC

Closely spreading-villous & often velvety below, but reticulum gen. visible, per Native and Naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the United States (Isely, 1998).

image of Desmodium nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm140906_292

September    Swain County    NC

image of Desmodium nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm140906_298

September    Swain County    NC

This and D. viridiflorum are the velvety-pubescent eastern species, per Native and Naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the United States (Isely, 1998).


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