Grona triflora (L.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi

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Grona triflora

Photo: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Grona triflora

Photo: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Grona triflora

Photo: Mark Hyde
Near entrance to MacDonald Park, Harare

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Synonyms: Desmodium triflorum (L.) DC.
Hedysarum triflorum L.
Common names: Three-flower tick-trefoil (English)
Status: Introduced
Prostrate, annual or perennial herb, forming large mats. Stems much-branched, bristly hairy. Leaves resembling a Trifolium, 3-foliolate; leaflets 4-14 × 4-12 mm, obovate, rounded to emarginate at the apex, glabrous above, pilose beneath; petiole 4-11 mm long. Flowers 1-3 in leaf axils, borne on 5-10 mm pedicels. Calyx hairy. Standard blue, purple, reddish or pink. Fruit of 2-5 articles; one margin ± straight, the other indented; articles 2-3.5 mm long. Seeds brown.
Derivation of specific name: triflorum: with flowers in threes
Habitat: A weed of lawns and roadsides
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the tropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Images last updated: Thursday 3 June 2010

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 47. as Desmodium triflorum

Ohashi, H. & Ohashi, K. (2019). Desmodium (Leguminosae Tribe Desmodieae) of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands Journal of Japanese Botany 94(3) Page 137.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 60. as Desmodium triflorum

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 14 - 15. as Desmodium triflorum

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Grona triflora
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Flora of Mozambique: Grona triflora
Flora of Zambia: Grona triflora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Grona triflora
African Plant Database: Grona triflora
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JSTOR Plant Science: Grona triflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Grona triflora
Plants of the World Online: Grona triflora
Tropicos: Grona triflora
Wikipedia: Grona triflora

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Grona triflora., retrieved 15 April 2024

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