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 (rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in dry forests & woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Rose-purplish
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Loment with (3-)4-6 segments

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium rotundifolium   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-26-004:
Desmodium rotundifolium   FAMILY Fabaceae

(?) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Meibomia michauxii

 

COMMON NAME:
Roundleaf Tick-trefoil, Dollarleaf, Prostrate Tick-trefoil


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_memi5_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm060506_034

May    Oconee County    SC

Clemson Forest

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Roxanna Martin    rlm51509_015

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    s080524_b

May    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120623_240

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

A prostrate plant with stems to 5' long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm120623_245

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Unique in that its leaflets are nearly round, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


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

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JK Marlow    jkm120623_249

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Erect, sparsely flowered racemes arise from the trailing stem, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    s050625_b

June    Union County    SC

Leaflets 1-4cm long & wide. Stipules persistent, ovate, & clasping the stem, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.


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

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JK Marlow    jkm120704_571

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

The infrequently formed fruits have a narrow or somewhat broadened isthmi, per Native and Naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the United States (Isely, 1998).

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JK Marlow    jkm120704_573

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Loment of (3-)4-6 segments, both margins about equally indented, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_d_rotundifolium_18

July        

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Roxanna Martin    rlm82810_358

August    Spartanburg County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_d_rotundifolium_7

August        

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Roxanna Martin    rlm9210_70

September    Spartanburg County    SC

Calyx sparsely pilose to puberulent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.