Etymology: Desmodium: Greek meaning "long branch or chain," probably from the shape and the way the seedpods attach
Plants: erect, perennial, to 6 1/2 ' tall forb; stout, leafy stems
Leaves: 3-parted, leaflets bright green on top and paler below
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" long, stalked; inflorescence a spike-like cluster with few or no branches; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: flat pod covered with hooked hairs and divided into triangular segments
Habitat: dry; woods, thickets
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.