Desmodium species

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Scientific Name Desmodium ciliare USDA PLANTS Symbol
DECI
Common Name Hairy Small-leaf Tickclover, Littleleaf Tickclover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
25793
Family Fabaceae (Pea)
SEINet Reference
Description Habitat: Dry, often sandy soils; pioneer species that prefers some disturbance from wildfires, selective logging, etc.
Plant: Erect perennial, slender stems 2 to 4 feet tall, with few to many hairs.
Leaves: Compound leaves with short stipules less than 1/8-inch long, three ovate-oblong to oval leaflets, very blunt tips; 1 inch or less long and about 1/2 inch wide, small hairs on both sides.
Inflorescence: Large terminal racemes(simple or branched) of small pink pea-like flowers on short pedicels less than 3/8-inch long, each blossom 1/3-inch across with vertical banner notched at top and two greenish-yellowish spots at base.
Bloom Period: August and September.
References: SEINet, Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses and USDA Plant Fact Sheet.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Desmodium paniculatum USDA PLANTS Symbol
DEPA6
Common Name Panicled Tickclover, Panicled Ticktrefoil, Panicledleaf Ticktrefoil ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
25815
Family Fabaceae (Pea)
SEINet Reference
Description Habitat: Thickets, dry wooded areas, ravines, prairies, roadsides.
Plant: Erect or sprawling perennial, slender stems 2 to 4 feet tall, branched in upper portion.
Leaves: Compound leaves with short stipules less than 1/3-inch long, three lanceolate to oblong leaflets, variable size but generally less than 2-3/4 inch long and 3/4-inch wide; very short leaflet stems (petiolules) on lateral leaflets, and longer (up to 3/4-inch) on middle leaflet.
Inflorescence: Racemes atop stems and at leaf axils; small pink pea-like flowers on short pedicels about 1/2-inch long, each blossom 1/3-inch across with vertical banner notched at top and two greenish-yellowish spots at base.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References: SEINet and www.missouriplants.com.
Texas Status
Native

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