Photographer: Christopher Noll
Desmodium nudiflorum (L.) DC.
bare-stemmed tick-trefoil, naked tick-trefoil
Desmodium: Greek meaning "long branch or chain," probably from the shape and the way the seedpods attach
nudiflorum: nudus for "naked, nude;" florum for "flower"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 16"-40" tall forb usually forking at the base into 2 stems|
|Flower: ||pink to purple, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/3" long, stalks 1/2"-1" long; inflorescence a branched cluster on the leafless stalk; blooms July-Sept.|
|Fruit:||flat pod covered with clinging, hooked hairs and divided into 2-4 half-oval segments |
|Leaf:||3-parted, densely packed towards the top of the flowerless stem|
|Habitat: ||shade; woods; in rich soil|