Desmodium triflorum (L.) DC.

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Desmodium triflorum

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

Desmodium triflorum

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

Desmodium triflorum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Near entrance to MacDonald Park, Harare

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Synonyms: 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
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the tropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: 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.

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Desmodium triflorum
African Plant Database: Desmodium triflorum
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Desmodium triflorum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Desmodium triflorum
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Tropicos: Desmodium triflorum
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Desmodium triflorum., retrieved 28 November 2020

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