Hylodesmum nudiflorum (L.) H.Ohashi & R.R.Mill  
Family: Fabaceae
bare-stemmed tick-trefoil, naked tick-trefoil
[Desmodium nudiflorum (L.) DC., Desmodium nudiflorum f. foliolatum (L.) DC., Desmodium nudiflorum f. personatum (L.) DC., Hedysarum nudiflorum L., Meibomia nudiflora (L.) Kuntze, Meibomia nudiflora f. foliolata (L.) Kuntze]
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Corey Raimond  
Etymology: Desmodium: Greek meaning "long branch or chain," probably from the shape and the way the seedpods attach
Plants: erect, perennial, 16"-40" tall forb usually forking at the base into 2 stems
Leaves: 3-parted, densely packed towards the top of the flowerless stem
Flowers: pink to purple, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/3" long, stalks 1/2"-1" long; inflorescence a branched cluster on the leafless stalk; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: flat pod covered with clinging, hooked hairs and divided into 2-4 half-oval segments fruit drawing
Habitat: shade; woods; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Christopher Noll  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Corey Raimond  
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