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Desmodium obtusum

Desmodium obtusum (Muhl. ex Willd.) DC.

Stiff Ticktrefoil

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Desmodium rigidum, Meibomia obtusa, Meibomia rigida

USDA Symbol: DEOB5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 3-1/2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 80 - Illinois Wildflowers (2002) John Hilty

Additional resources

USDA: Find Desmodium obtusum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Desmodium obtusum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Desmodium obtusum


Record Modified: 2022-10-06
Research By: SET

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