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Desmodium glutinosum, Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil

Scientific name:  Desmodium glutinosum (Muhl. ex Willd.) Alph. Wood
Common name:  Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil
Family:  Fabaceae, Pea family

Desmodium glutinosum, Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil

Life form:  Erect perennial forb
Stems:  1-3 feet
Leaves:   Each leaf is divided into three leaflets with a long point.
Inflorescence:  open panicle that rises above a whorl of leaves
Flowers:  Pea type flowers, 5-parted with an upper banner petal, two laterals and two below forming a keel. The petals have a light pink to purplish-rose colors
Fruits / pods:  Flat pod divided into 1 to 4 rounded or triangular segments, each containing 1 seed
Flowering Period:  July to September
Habitat:  Dry woods, clearings

Desmodium glutinosum, Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil


Derivation of the botanical name:
Desmodium , Greek "a long branch or chain", referring to the shape of the seed pods.
glutinosum, very sticky.
  • The standard author abbreviation Muhl is used to indicate Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg (1753 - 1815) , an American Botanist who produced several catalogues of plants after retiring as a Lutheran pastor. His work was incomplete and was amended by Willd. which refers to Carl Ludwig Willdenow (1765 - 1812), German botanist, a founder of the study of the geographic distribution of plants. He was director and curator of the Botanic Garden of Berlin. The last person to add to the chain was Alph. Wood which refers to Alphonso Wood (1810 - 1881) American botanist and Professor of Botany at the Female Seminary of Cleveland Ohio. He wrote several books on botany that made scientific research available for distribution as textbooks. He is sometimes listed as A.W.Wood.

Desmodium glutinosum, Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil


 
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