Botanical name: Desmodium velutinum Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Hedysarum velutinum, Meibomia lasiocarpa, Desmodium latifolium
Velvet-Leaf Desmodium is an upright woody perennial herb, subshrub, or shrub, up to 3 m tall. Leaves 1-foliolate (rarely 3-foliolate), occasionally opposite. Leaflets are light green to blue-green or darker above, paler beneath and with prominent pallid veins, roundish to elliptic to rhombic- ovate, 3–9.4 cm long, 2–7 cm wide, entire or repand (indented at the termination of the lateral veins) and ciliate, thick, mostly soft velvety on both surfaces with long stiff golden, reddish or white hairs. Inflorescences arise in leaf axils, and at the end of branches. They are densely flowered racemes up to 10 cm or more long, at least the terminal ones often paniculately branched. Flowers are white to pink, to blue, mauve or brilliant purple, usually appearing whitish or pale when dry.
Identification credit: N. S. Dungriyal
The flower labeled Velvet-Leaf Desmodium is ...