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
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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 panicle of small pink pea-like flowers on short pedicels (short stems) less than 3/8-inch long, each blossom 1/3-inch across with vertical banner notched at top and two yellowish spots at base.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet 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
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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 (short stems) about 1/2-inch long, each blossom 1/3-inch across with vertical banner notched at top and two yellowish spots at base.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet and www.missouriplants.com.
Texas Status
Native

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