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Desmodium heterocarpon, leaf bottom
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Desmodium heterocarpon, leaf bottom

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Desmodium heterocarpon, leaf bottom stem
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Desmodium heterocarpon, leaf bottom stem
Desmodium paniculatum, Panicled Tick-Trefoil
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Desmodium paniculatum, Panicled Tick-Trefoil

Desmodium obtusum
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Desmodium obtusum
Desmodium obtusum
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Desmodium obtusum

Desmodium obtusum
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Desmodium obtusum
Desmodium obtusum
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Desmodium obtusum

Desmodium obtusum
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Desmodium obtusum
Desmodium obtusum
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Desmodium obtusum

Desmodium obtusum
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Desmodium obtusum
Desmodium obtusum
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Desmodium obtusum

Desmodium obtusum
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Desmodium obtusum
Desmodium obtusum
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Desmodium obtusum

Desmodium paniculatum
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Desmodium paniculatum
Desmodium paniculatum
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Desmodium paniculatum

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Desmodium Desv.

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General Information
Symbol: DESMO
Group: Dicot
Family: Fabaceae
Growth Habit :  
Native Status : CAN   N
HI   I
L48   I,N
PB   I,N
PR   N
VI   N
Other Common Names: desmodium
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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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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

Subordinate Taxa

The Plants Database includes the following 76 species of Desmodium . Click below on a thumbnail map or name for species profiles. Plant is native (blue) Native Plant is introduced Introduced Plant is introduced Native and Introduced Related taxa legend Distribution of <i>
Desmodium adscendens</i>
(Sw.) DC.
Desmodium adscendens
zarzabacoa galana Distribution of <i>
Desmodium affine</i>
Desmodium affine
amor seco Distribution of <i>
Desmodium angustifolium</i>
(Kunth) DC. [excluded]
Desmodium angustifolium
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium aparines</i>
(Link) DC.
Desmodium aparines
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium arizonicum</i>
S. Watson
Desmodium arizonicum
Arizona ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium axillare</i>
(Sw.) DC.
Desmodium axillare
zarzabacoa de monte Distribution of <i>
Desmodium barbatum</i>
(L.) Benth.
Desmodium barbatum
zarzabacoa peluda Distribution of <i>
Desmodium batocaulon</i>
A. Gray
Desmodium batocaulon
San Pedro ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium cajanifolium</i>
(Kunth) DC.
Desmodium cajanifolium
tropical ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium campylocaulon</i>
F. Muell. ex Benth.
Desmodium campylocaulon
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium canadense</i>
(L.) DC.
Desmodium canadense
showy ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium canescens</i>
(L.) DC.
Desmodium canescens
hoary ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium ciliare</i>
(Muhl. ex Willd.) DC.
Desmodium ciliare
hairy small-leaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium cinerascens</i>
A. Gray
Desmodium cinerascens
spiked ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium cinereum</i>
(Kunth) DC.
Desmodium cinereum
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium cubense</i>
Desmodium cubense
Cuban ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium cuneatum</i>
Hook. & Arn.
Desmodium cuneatum
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium cuspidatum</i>
(Muhl. ex Willd.) DC. ex D. Don
Desmodium cuspidatum
largebract ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium discolor</i>
Desmodium discolor
horse marmalade Distribution of <i>
Desmodium distortum</i>
(Aubl.) J.F. Macbr.
Desmodium distortum
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium elegans</i>
Desmodium elegans
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium fernaldii</i>
B.G. Schub.
Desmodium fernaldii
Fernald's ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium floridanum</i>
Desmodium floridanum
Florida ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium gangeticum</i>
(L.) DC.
Desmodium gangeticum
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium glabellum</i>
(Michx.) DC.
Desmodium glabellum
Dillenius' ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium glabrum</i>
(Mill.) DC.
Desmodium glabrum
zarzabacoa dulce Distribution of <i>
Desmodium glutinosum</i>
(Muhl. ex Willd.) Alph. Wood
Desmodium glutinosum
pointedleaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium grahamii</i>
A. Gray
Desmodium grahamii
Graham's ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium gramineum</i>
A. Gray
Desmodium gramineum
grassleaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium hassleri</i>
(Schindl.) Burkart
Desmodium hassleri
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium heterocarpon</i>
(L.) DC.
Desmodium heterocarpon
Asian ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium heterophyllum</i>
(Willd.) DC.
Desmodium heterophyllum
variable-leaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium hirtum</i>
Guill. & Perr.
Desmodium hirtum
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium humifusum</i>
(Muhl. ex Bigelow) Beck
Desmodium humifusum
eastern trailing ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium illinoense</i>
A. Gray
Desmodium illinoense
Illinois ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium incanum</i>
Desmodium incanum
zarzabacoa comun Distribution of <i>
Desmodium intortum</i>
(Mill.) Urb.
Desmodium intortum
greenleaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium laevigatum</i>
(Nutt.) DC.
Desmodium laevigatum
smooth ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium leiocarpon</i>
(Spreng.) G. Don
Desmodium leiocarpon
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium lindheimeri</i>
Desmodium lindheimeri
Lindheimer's ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium lineatum</i>
Desmodium lineatum
sand ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium marilandicum</i>
(L.) DC.
Desmodium marilandicum
smooth small-leaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium metcalfei</i>
(Rose & Painter) Kearney & Peebles
Desmodium metcalfei
Metcalfe's ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium neomexicanum</i>
A. Gray
Desmodium neomexicanum
New Mexico ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium nicaraguense</i>
Desmodium nicaraguense
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium nudiflorum</i>
(L.) DC.
Desmodium nudiflorum
nakedflower ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium nuttallii</i>
(Schindl.) B.G. Schub.
Desmodium nuttallii
Nuttall's ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium obtusum</i>
(Muhl. ex Willd.) DC.
Desmodium obtusum
stiff ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium ochroleucum</i>
M.A. Curtis ex Canby
Desmodium ochroleucum
cream ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium pabulare</i>
Desmodium pabulare
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium paniculatum</i>
(L.) DC.
Desmodium paniculatum
panicledleaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium pauciflorum</i>
(Nutt.) DC.
Desmodium pauciflorum
fewflower ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium perplexum</i>
B.G. Schub.
Desmodium perplexum
perplexed ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium podocarpum</i>
Desmodium podocarpum
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium procumbens</i>
(Mill.) Hitchc.
Desmodium procumbens
western trailing ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium psilocarpum</i>
A. Gray
Desmodium psilocarpum
Santa Cruz Island ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium psilophyllum</i>
Desmodium psilophyllum
simpleleaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium retinens</i>
Desmodium retinens
Santa Rita Mountain ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium rosei</i>
B.G. Schub.
Desmodium rosei
Rose's ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium rotundifolium</i>
Desmodium rotundifolium
prostrate ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium salicifolium</i>
(Poir.) DC.
Desmodium salicifolium
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium sandwicense</i>
E. Mey.
Desmodium sandwicense
Hawai'i ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium scopulorum</i>
S. Watson
Desmodium scopulorum
Sonoran ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium scorpiurus</i>
(Sw.) Desv.
Desmodium scorpiurus
scorpion ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium sericophyllum</i>
Desmodium sericophyllum
ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium sessilifolium</i>
(Torr.) Torr. & A. Gray
Desmodium sessilifolium
sessileleaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium strictum</i>
(Pursh) DC.
Desmodium strictum
pine barren ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium styracifolium</i>
(Osbeck) Merr.
Desmodium styracifolium
coin-leaf desmodium Distribution of <i>
Desmodium tenuifolium</i>
Torr. & A. Gray
Desmodium tenuifolium
slimleaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium tortuosum</i>
(Sw.) DC.
Desmodium tortuosum
dixie ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium triflorum</i>
(L.) DC.
Desmodium triflorum
threeflower ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium tweedyi</i>
Desmodium tweedyi
Tweedy's ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium umbellatum</i>
(L.) DC.
Desmodium umbellatum
ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium varians</i>
(Labill.) G. Don
Desmodium varians
Distribution of <i>
Desmodium viridiflorum</i>
(L.) DC.
Desmodium viridiflorum
velvetleaf ticktrefoil Distribution of <i>
Desmodium wydlerianum</i>
Desmodium wydlerianum
Wydler's ticktrefoil Plant is native (blue) Native Plant is introduced Introduced Plant is introduced Native and Introduced Related taxa legend

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Gee Moderate
Martin Minor Minor Minor


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Martin, A.C., H.S. Zim, and A.L. Nelson. 1951. American wildlife and plants: A guide to wildlife food habits . Dover Publications. New York.
Gee, K.L., M.D. Porter, S. Demarais, F.C. Bryant, and G.V. Vreede. 1994. White-tailed deer: Their foods and management in the Cross Timbers . Ardmore.

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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