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

Mozambique: 15 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Antheua simplex (Burnished frill)
Mocis mayeri (Brown Lines)
Desmodium uncinatum

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adscendens (Sw.) DC. var. robustum B.G. Schub.N,Z,MSDescription, Image
barbatum (L.) Benth. var. dimorphum (Welw. ex Baker) B.G. Schub.N,Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
dregeanum Benth.MS,GI,M
gangeticum (L.) DC.N,Z,MSDescription, Image
hirtum Guill. & Perr. var. hirtum N
ospriostreblum Chiov.NImage
ramosissimum G. DonZDescription, Image
repandum (Vahl) DC.N,Z,MSDescription, Image
salicifolium (Poir.) DC. var. salicifolium N,Z,T,M
setigerum (E. Mey.) Benth. ex Harv.Z,MS
tanganyikense BakerN,T
tortuosum (Sw.) DC.Z,MDescription, Image
triflorum (L.) DC.MSDescription, Image
uncinatum (Jacq.) DC.NDescription, Image
velutinum (Willd.) DC.N,Z,MSDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Desmodium:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Desmodium
Flora of Caprivi: Desmodium
Flora of Malawi: Desmodium
Flora of Zambia: Desmodium
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Desmodium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Desmodium
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Desmodium.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=744, retrieved 17 July 2019

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