OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Desmodium nuttallii   FAMILY Fabaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium nuttallii   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Desmodium nuttallii

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-26-019:
Desmodium nuttallii   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Meibomia viridiflora

 

COMMON NAME:
Nuttall's Tick-trefoil


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image of Desmodium nuttallii, Nuttall's Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm140906_267

September    Swain County    NC

image of Desmodium nuttallii, Nuttall's Tick-trefoil

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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, Nuttall's Tick-trefoil

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, Nuttall's Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm140906_279b

September    Swain County    NC

Bracts (subtending clusters of 2-3 flowers) usually villous, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Desmodium nuttallii, Nuttall's Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm140906_291

September    Swain County    NC

Leaflets cinereous, or villous, on the lower surface, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Desmodium nuttallii, Nuttall's Tick-trefoil

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, Nuttall's Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm140906_292

September    Swain County    NC

image of Desmodium nuttallii, Nuttall's Tick-trefoil

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).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Desmodium nuttallii   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium nuttallii   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Desmodium nuttallii

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-26-019:
Desmodium nuttallii   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Meibomia viridiflora

 

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450

Subshrub; Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Carolina Coastal Plain (uncommon elsewhere in NC-SC) (rare in GA)

Habitat: Fields, woodland borders, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Odd-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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