Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Desmodium nudiflorum (L.) DC. image
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Robert W. Freckmann
Family Fabaceae
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"
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Status: Native
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 fruit drawing
Leaf:3-parted, densely packed towards the top of the flowerless stem
Habitat: shade; woods; in rich soil

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Desmodium list Google- Images or Text
Desmodium nudiflorum (L.) DC. f. foliolatum (Farw.) Fassett
Desmodium nudiflorum (L.) DC. f. nudiflorum
Desmodium nudiflorum (L.) DC. f. personatum Fassett
Hedysarum nudiflorum L.
Meibomia nudiflora (L.) Kuntze
Meibomia nudiflora (L.) Kuntze f. foliolata Farw.

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