Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


451

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

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 of 3-6 triangular to subrhombic segments

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-016:
Desmodium paniculatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Meibomia chapmanii

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Meibomia paniculata

 

COMMON NAME:
Panicled Tick-trefoil


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image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mepa10_001_lvd

        

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190709_9843

July    Greenville County    SC

The southern mtns' only Desmodium with narrow leaflets, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm0308o_17

August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaflets usually 3-8x longer than wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm0308o_18

August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Many rose to purple flowers in panicles at the top of 2-4' tall plant, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm140814_518

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm0309b_23

September    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Loment segments angled on lower margin (thus triangular to sub-rhombic), per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE loments of Desmodium species

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm180904_4547

September    Greenville County    SC

Leaflets (2.5)3-8(10)x long as wide; leaflet pubescence usually sparse, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm180924_4948

September    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

Lf surfaces glabrous or nearly so to moderately puberulent or short-pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190905_1318

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190905_1370

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

Roxanna Martin    rlm91210_174

September    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

Roxanna Martin    rlm91210_183

September    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    s050904_a

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

The inflorescence is a large, widely branched panicle, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Beggar's Lice (Tick-trefoil) species

image of Desmodium paniculatum var. paniculatum, Panicled Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    s050910_j

September    Greenville County    SC

Field