Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

  Desmodium cuspidatum (Muhl. ex Willd.) DC. ex Loudon image
Photographer: Dan Tenaglia           
Family Fabaceae
Desmodium cuspidatum (Muhl. ex Willd.) DC. ex Loudon
bracted tick-trefoil, large-bracted tick-trefoil
Desmodium: Greek meaning "long branch or chain," probably from the shape and the way the seedpods attach
cuspidatum: from Latin meaning "with a cusp," a sharp and rigid point
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, to 6 1/2 ' tall forb; stout, leafy stems
Flower: pink, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" long, stalked; inflorescence a spike-like cluster with few or no branches; blooms July-Aug.
Fruit:flat pod covered with hooked hairs and divided into triangular segments
Leaf:3-parted, leaflets bright green on top and paler below
Habitat: dry; woods, thickets

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