Desmodium paniculatum (L.) DC. var. epetiolatum Schub.

Locations ofDesmodium paniculatum (L.) DC. var. epetiolatum Schub. in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Desmodium paniculatum (L.) DC. var. epetiolatum Schub.
Common Name
Narrow-leaf Tick-trefoil, Panicled-leaf Tick-trefoil
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Desmodium paniculatum (L.) DC. var epetiolatum Schub.
This var., occuring on the Coastal Plain of se. VA to se. NC or e. SC, is typically very robust (up to 2 m tall) and intricately branched. Compared to var. paniculatum, it has much shorter-petioled (subsessile) leaves that are more coriaceus, revolute, and blunt-tipped; its loment segments have rounded lower margins (vs. sharply triangular in var. paniculatum). It has been suspected of being a hybrid, but forms large, morphologically consistent populations in the absence of likely parents, e.g. at the Antioch Pines State Natural Area Preserve in Isle of Wight County. Further study is needed.
Boggy flatwoods and low, sandy clearings, in areas where longleaf pine was formerly common. Rare, inner s. Coastal Plain; known only from the city of Suffolk and Isle of Wight County.
Native Status

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