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Plant Species of the genus Desmodium

Information about this genus
Name: Desmodium
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Propagate from seed in spring, or from cuttings. Sunny, well-drained sites are preferred, and species from the warmer areas will need greenhouse shelter in cooler locations.
Description: A member of the pea subfamily of the Leguminosae, this genus from warm-temperate and tropical regions contains about 450 species. Most are scrambling perennials, others are deciduous or evergreen shrubs. The genus is characterized by its pink, purple, blue or white flowers, trifoliate leaves and fruits that break into single-seeded segments upon maturity. These segments have small hooked bristles that attach them to any passing furry animal or to human clothing, thereby aiding dispersal. Some species from the warmer regions are weedy, but some of the shrubby species from cooler origins are attractive garden plants.

Specie Vernacular Zone
acuminatum
bracteosum
canadense showy ticktrefoil
canescens hoary ticktrefoil
ciliare hairy small-leaf ticktrefoil
cuspidatum largebract ticktrefoil
Desmodium elegans 9-11
Desmodium yunnanense 9-11
dichromum
dillenii
formosum
glabellum Dillenius' ticktrefoil
glutinosum pointedleaf ticktrefoil
grandiflorum
humifusum eastern trailing ticktrefoil
illinoense Illinois ticktrefoil
laevigatum smooth ticktrefoil
longifolium
marilandicum smooth small-leaf ticktrefoil
michauxii
nudiflorum nakedflower ticktrefoil
nuttallii Nuttall's ticktrefoil
obtusum stiff ticktrefoil
paniculatum panicledleaf ticktrefoil
pauciflorum fewflower ticktrefoil
perplexum perplexed ticktrefoil
rigidum
rotundifolium prostrate ticktrefoil
sessilifolium sessileleaf ticktrefoil
viridiflorum velvetleaf ticktrefoil



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