Botanical name: Desmodium triflorum Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Meibomia triflora, Desmodium parvifolium, Hedysarum triflorum
Creeping Tick Trefoil is a much branched, mat-forming creeping herb, with clover-like leaves. Leaves are divided into 3 leaflets, the lower leaves sometimes undivided. Leaflets are inverted-egg shaped, to inverted-heart shaped, rounded and notched at the tip. They are mostly less than 1 cm long, up to 9 mm wide, sometimes with 2 white marks. Flowers arise few in fascicles, opposite the leaves, on stalks 3-8 mm long, lengthening in fruit to just over 1 cm. Flowers are reddish-violet or pale pink, standard petal obovate, 4-5 mm long. Pods are up to 1.7 cm long, about 2.3 mm broad, 3-7-jointed. Creeping Tick Trefoil is a pantropical herb.
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