Desmodium illinoense A.Gray  
Family: Fabaceae
Illinois tick-trefoil, prairie tick-trefoil
[Meibomia illinoensis (A.Gray) Kuntze]
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Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Desmodium: Greek meaning "long branch or chain," probably from the shape and the way the seedpods attach
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 3' tall forb
Leaves: 3-parted, lance-like, both sides rough with hooked hairs; leaf stalk much longer than the stalk of the end leaflet
Flowers: white to pink, 5-parted, 1/3" long, stalks about 1/2" long; inflorescence a sparsely-flowered, long cluster (raceme) either with none or only a few branches; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: flat, mostly straight pod covered with clinging, hooked hairs and divided into 2-5 rounded segments fruit drawing
Habitat: sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, roadsides; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Christopher Noll  
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Merel R. Black  
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