Desmodium canescens (L.) DC.  
Family: Fabaceae
hoary tick-trefoil
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Etymology: Desmodium: Greek meaning "long branch or chain," probably from the shape and the way the seedpods attach
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-6' tall, very hairy forb often with many branches; long taproot
Leaves: 3-parted, leaf stalk much longer than the end leaflet
Flowers: pink to greenish, 5-parted, 1/3" long, stalked; inflorescence a 3"-6" long, branched cluster (panicle) of several spike-like clusters (raceme)
Fruits: flat, mostly straight pod divided into segments and covered with hooked hairs fruit drawing
Habitat: fields, woods
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Desmodium canescens image
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Desmodium canescens image
from USDA Plants website  
Desmodium canescens image
John D. Draeger  
Desmodium canescens image
John D. Draeger  
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