pointed-leaved tick-trefoil

(Desmodium glutinosum)

Conservation Status
pointed-leaved tick-trefoil
Photo by Kirk Nelson
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5? - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The leaf is divided into three broadly oval leaflets that taper to a distinct long point. The leaves are clustered at one point beneath the inflorescence, making them appear whorled.

The inflorescence is at the tip of a long stalk at the end of the stem.

The fruit/seed pod is usually divided into 2 or 3 rounded, triangular segments, sometimes 1, sometimes 4.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

24 to 60, usually 36 or less

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

Pink to pale purple, or white

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Bare-stemmed tick trefoil (Desmodium nudiflorum) inflorescence is on a long, leafless stalk rising from the ground.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Moist to moderately dry. Woodland paths, railways, roadways. Rich soil. Partial sun to medium shade.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

July to August

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 24, 28.

 
  1/9/2014      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (dicots)  
  Subclass Rosidae  
  Superorder Rosanae  
 

Order

Fabales (legumes, milkworts, and allies)  
 

Family

Fabaceae (peas, legumes)  
  Subfamily Faboideae (Papilionoideae)  
  Tribe Desmodieae  
  Subtribe Desmodiinae  
  Genus Desmodium (tick-trefoil)  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Desmodium acuminatum

Meibomia acuminata

Meibomia grandiflora

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

cluster-leaf tick-trefoil

largeflower tickclover

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil

pointedleaf ticktrefoil

trefoil tickclover

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Kirk Nelson
7/4/2016

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Fairly abundant. I learned that this plant produces seed pods that stick to your clothes.

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