Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Learn more about Slimleaf Tick-trefoil from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-26-011:
Desmodium tenuifolium FAMILY Fabaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Slimleaf Tick-trefoil, Savanna Slender Tick-trefoil
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May Williamsburg County SC
Inflorescence usually paniculate, pedicels 4-10mm long, petals 4-5mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968).
COMPARE Beggar's Lice (Tick-trefoil) species
Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont)
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Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Flowers in terminal panicles
Loment with 1-3 rounded segments
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p336
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region (Sorrie, 2011) p075
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