Desmodium rotundifolium

Common Name: 
prostrate ticktrefoil, round-leaved ticktrefoil
Scientific Name: 
Desmodium rotundifolium DC.
Family Name: 
Fabaceae (Leguminosae) - Pea or Bean Family
Identification Notes
Life Cycle
native perennial, reproducing by seed
Stems
prostrate and trailing on the ground, branched, dense soft hairy, often reddish
Growth Habit of Prostrate Ticktrefoil
Growth Habit of Prostrate Ticktrefoil
Leaves
alternate, compound with three leaflets, round or nearly so, terminal lobe with wedges-shaped base, hairy above and below, leaf stipules triangular, pointed and reflexed
Leaves of Prostrate Ticktrefoil
Flowers
lavender to violet, irregular, lower petals form projecting structure; terminal and axillary panicles
Seed Pods
loment, jointed 3- 6 times, hairy