Desmodium glutinosum
(Large-Flower Tick Trefoil)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Large-Flower Tick Trefoil, Large-Flower Tick Clover, Pointed Leaf Tick Trefoil, Pointed Leaf Tick Clover
    Synonyms: Hylodesmum glutinosum, Desmodium acuminatum, Meibomia acuminata
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - August
    Status: Native

Desmodium glutinosum, or Large-Flower Tick Trefoil, is native to most of the eastern half of the United States. It grows in open, party shaded woods, thickets and woodland borders, it seems very common along trails. It blooms in mid summer, with subtle pink flowers.

There are a number of Desmodium species in the United States, and most are very similar. Desmodium glutinosum, however, is one that is easy to identify, as it has a very different set of leaves, which are arranged in branching stems, and then the flower stem comes out above them. The only other species that looks like this is Desmodium nudiflorum, and while it does look similar, it can also be easily separated, as its flowers are on a separate stem than its leaves. Comparison photos will be posted at a later time.

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