Some kind of Desmodium?

tanyuu((5/6 - South IN))August 21, 2013

While reclaiming a part of the garden that has been taken over by weeds and forest plants, my dad and I saved one plant that had beautiful leaves on it. Now it's surprised us with spires of small pinkish violet sweet pea-like blossoms.

The think is, I can't figure out what it is! The closest I've gotten is the Naked-flowered Tick-trefoil, aka Desmodium nudiflorum, but the flowers are darker here, and the stalks have leaves on them, which, from what I read, the Desmodium nudiflorum doesn't. Here are some links to closer details:



Since there's tons of possible candidates in this family, I'll say that this is in an area next to a large tall oak tree (you can see part of it on the right side of detail 1) and underneath a dogwood. There's forest area nearby, so we're always on the lookout for native plants we rarely see versus invasive ones. The soil is mainly clay.

This post was edited by tanyuu on Wed, Aug 21, 13 at 16:57

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Agree it's desmodium, maybe canescens?

Here is a link that might be useful: D. canescens

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 4:57PM
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tanyuu((5/6 - South IN))

Thanks for the link, saltcedar! I don't think it's canescens; I didn't see any bluish flowers on it, and this plant is more bushy.

I'm thinking now that it might be Desmodium laevigatum, aka smooth ticktrefoil, but I could easily be wrong!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 5:07PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

The blue is faded flowers. Yours may have dropped off before fading to blue.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 5:15PM
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tanyuu((5/6 - South IN))

You are correct! I checked later and they were pale blue. Thank you!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 12:50PM
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