3807.000 Desmodium Desv.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or herbs. Stipules free or joined; stipels present. Leaves 1-foliolate or pinnately 3-foliolate. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, falsely racemose or paniculate. Calyx not glume-like, small (tube usually 1-2 mm, lobes 1-5 mm (in ours)), 5-lobed, either the lobes subequal or mostly ± 2-lipped. Standard variously coloured. Ovary sessile (1-)2-many-ovulate. Pod transversely jointed, flattened with (1-)2-many 1-seeded articles, often with hooked hairs.

Worldwide: 450 species from warm areas, especially E Asia, Brazil and Mexico

Zimbabwe: 16 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Antheua simplex (Burnished frill) Food plant
Desmodium repandum

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
adscendens (Sw.) DC. var. robustum B.G. Schub.EDescription, Image
barbatum (L.) Benth. var. argyreum (Welw. ex Baker) B.G. Schub.N,C
barbatum (L.) Benth. var. dimorphum (Welw. ex Baker) B.G. Schub.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
gangeticum (L.) DC.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
hirtum Guill. & Perr. var. hirtum W
ospriostreblum Chiov.N,W,E,S
psilocarpum GrayC
repandum (Vahl) DC.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
salicifolium (Poir.) DC. var. salicifolium N,W,C,E,S
setigerum (E. Mey.) Benth. ex Harv.N,E
stolzii Schindl.E
tanganyikense BakerN,C
tortuosum (Sw.) DC.N,C,EDescription, Image
triflorum (L.) DC.CDescription, Image
uncinatum (Jacq.) DC.N,C,EDescription, Image
velutinum (Willd.) DC.N,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Desmodium:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Desmodium
Flora of Mozambique: Desmodium
Flora of Zambia: Desmodium

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Desmodium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Desmodium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Desmodium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Desmodium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Desmodium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Desmodium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=744, retrieved 24 November 2014

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