Carolinas and Georgia

3465

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Desmodium perplexum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium perplexum   FAMILY Fabaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Desmodium glabellum

INCLUDED WITHIN Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Blue Ridge (Wofford, 1989)
Desmodium paniculatum var. dillenii

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-26-023:
Desmodium perplexum   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Perplexing Tick-trefoil, Dillen's Tick-trefoil


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Look for it in fields, woodland borders, hammocks, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in GA Mountains & Piedmont, rare in GA Coastal Plain)

 

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 usually 2-4 broadly rhombic to triangular segments?

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Desmodium perplexum   FAMILY Fabaceae

Perplexing Tick-trefoil, Dillen's Tick-trefoil