3807.000 Desmodium Desv.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or herbs. Stipules free or joined; stipels present. Leaves 1-foliolate or pinnately 3-foliolate. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, falsely racemose or paniculate. Calyx not glume-like, small (tube usually 1-2 mm, lobes 1-5 mm (in ours)), 5-lobed, either the lobes subequal or mostly ± 2-lipped. Standard variously coloured. Ovary sessile (1-)2-many-ovulate. Pod transversely jointed, flattened with (1-)2-many 1-seeded articles, often with hooked hairs.

Worldwide: 450 species from warm areas, especially E Asia, Brazil and Mexico

Zambia: 2 cultivated taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Antheua simplex (Burnished frill)
Mocis mayeri (Brown Lines)
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SpeciesContent
discolor Vogel
distortum (Aubl.) Macbr.

Other sources of information about Desmodium:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Desmodium
Flora of Caprivi: Desmodium
Flora of Malawi: Desmodium
Flora of Mozambique: Desmodium
Flora of Zambia: Desmodium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Desmodium
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Desmodium

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Desmodium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Desmodium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Desmodium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Desmodium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Desmodium

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: genus page: Desmodium.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=744, retrieved 6 December 2019

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