Desmodium cuspidatum (Muhl.) Loud.

Largebract Tick Trefoil

Desmodium cuspidatum plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Desmodium cuspidatum stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Desmodium cuspidatum leafAdaxial leaf surface.

Desmodium cuspidatum leafAbaxial surface of leaf.

Desmodium cuspidatum stiplesStiples of the lateral leaflets.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Desmodium cuspidatum flowers

Flowering - July - September.

Habitat - Dry or rocky woods, thickets, bluffs, base of slopes, ridges, ravines, valleys.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This large species can be found throughout most of Missouri but is apparently absent from the extreme southeastern corner of the state. The plant is one if the easier species in the genus to identify because of its large, acuminate leaflets and big flowers. This species is not as stout as some others in the genus but can get quite tall (+/-3m) if left undisturbed. The stems can be glabrous or pubescent.

Photographs taken in Eminence, MO., 9-21-03.