Desmodium tenuifolium Torr. & Gray

Locations ofDesmodium tenuifolium Torr. & Gray in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Desmodium tenuifolium Torr. & Gray
Common Name
Slim-leaf Tick-trefoil
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Desmodium tenuifolium Torr. & Gray
There is a form of Desmodium paniculatum with very narrow (4-6mm wide) leaflets that resemble those of D. strictum and D. tenuifolium. This form, however, has articles with angled lower margins (vs. curved in D. strictum and D. tenuifolium), arcuate leaflet venation (vs. straight/reticulate), and leaflets that are ever so slightly lance-linear (vs. linear). See photo under map of D. paniculatum var. paniculatum. Herbarium specimens should be checked for potential misidentifications..
Bogs, boggy flatwoods and clearings; most extant populations are in powerline right-of-ways. Rare in the Coastal Plain, primarily south of the James River.
Native Status

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