OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium ciliare var. ciliare   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Desmodium marilandicum var. ciliare

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Desmodium ciliare var. lancifolium

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-26-013:
Desmodium ciliare   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Meibomia ciliaris

 

COMMON NAME:
Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil


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JK Marlow    jkm0509d_35

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm0509d_36b

September    Greenville County    SC

Petals pink to purplish, 3-5mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm140907_343

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Stem pilose but petioles well-developed ... D. ciliare x D. marilandicum?, per Native and Naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the United States (Isely, 1998).

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm140907_346347

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Probably D. ciliare x D. marilandicum.

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm140907_354b

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Probably D. ciliare x D. marilandicum.

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm160920_003

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm160920_008

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190903_1145

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190905_1286

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190905_1289

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    jkm190905_1290

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    s050910_f

September    Greenville County    SC

Inflorescence usually paniculate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    s050910_g

September    Greenville County    SC

Pedicels (2-)4-9mm long, each subtended by a secondary bract or bractlet, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    s050910_i

September    Greenville County    SC

Small blunt leaflets with petioles under 3/8", more or less soft-hairy, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    s051118_a

November    Greenville County    SC

image of Desmodium ciliare, Hairy Small-leaf Tick-trefoil, Littleleaf Tick-trefoil

JK Marlow    s051118_b

November    Greenville County    SC

Loment of 1-2(-3) subovate segments, each 3.5-6mm long and 2.8-4mm broad, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Desmodium ciliare var. ciliare   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Desmodium marilandicum var. ciliare

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Desmodium ciliare var. lancifolium

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-26-013:
Desmodium ciliare   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Meibomia ciliaris

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1885

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common

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 1-3 rounded segments

 

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