Desmodium triflorum (L.) DC.

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Desmodium triflorum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Amongst the chalets, Casa Msika

Desmodium triflorum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Amongst the chalets, Casa Msika

Desmodium triflorum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Amongst the chalets, Casa Msika

Desmodium triflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airstrip Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

Desmodium triflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airstrip Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Hedysarum triflorum L.
Common names: Three-flower tick-trefoil (English)
Frequency:
Status: Introduced
Description:
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.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: triflorum: with flowers in threes
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the tropics.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 27 May 2015
Literature:

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

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Flora of Malawi: Desmodium triflorum
Flora of Zambia: Desmodium triflorum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Desmodium triflorum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Desmodium triflorum
African Plant Database: Desmodium triflorum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Desmodium triflorum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Desmodium triflorum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Desmodium triflorum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Desmodium triflorum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Desmodium triflorum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Desmodium triflorum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Desmodium triflorum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Desmodium triflorum
Ispot Southern Africa: Desmodium triflorum
JSTOR Plant Science: Desmodium triflorum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Desmodium triflorum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Desmodium triflorum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Desmodium triflorum
Tropicos: Desmodium triflorum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Desmodium triflorum.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=130900, retrieved 21 November 2017

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