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Desmodium tortuosum (Sw.) Dc.
Florida Beggar-weed; Hedysarum tortuosum Sw; Meibomia tortuosa Sw Kuntze; Hedysarum purpureum Mill; Desmodium purpureum Mill Fawc & Rendle; Dixie ticktrefoil; Hedysarum tortuosum

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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Erysiphaceae  Erysiphe polygoni @ BPI (1)

Microsphaera diffusa @ BPI (3)
Mycosphaerellaceae  Cercospora desmodii @ BPI (2)
Phaeosphaeriaceae  Stagonospora desmodii @ BPI (5)
Pucciniaceae  Uromyces hedysari-paniculati @ BPI (8)

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Desmodium tortuosum (Sw.) DC.
dixie ticktrefoil

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General Information
Symbol: DETO
Group: Dicot
Family: Fabaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : HI   I
L48   N
PR   N
VI   N
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Steve Hurst. Provided by ARS Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory . Brazil, Joinville. Usage Requirements .



Symbol Scientific Name
DEAN4 Desmodium annuum A. Gray p.p.
DEPU7 Desmodium purpureum (Mill.) Fawc. & Rendle
MEPU6 Meibomia purpurea (Mill.) Vail
METO6 Meibomia tortuosa (Sw.) Kuntze


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae ⁄ Leguminosae – Pea family
Genus Desmodium Desv. – ticktrefoil
Species Desmodium tortuosum (Sw.) DC. – dixie ticktrefoil

Subordinate Taxa

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U.S. Weed Information
Desmodium tortuosum dixie ticktrefoil This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
SWSS Southern Weed Science Society. 1998. Weeds of the United States and Canada. CD-ROM . Southern Weed Science Society. Champaign, Illinois.

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

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Caribbean FACU
Hawaii FACU
North America
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FAC
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACU
Great Plains FACU

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Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Yarrow Moderate Moderate


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Yarrow, G.K., and D.T. Yarrow. 1999. Managing wildlife . Sweet Water Press. Birmingham.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover

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