Common Name: Large Tick-trefoil
Synonyms: Desmodium sect. Oxytes (Schindl.) H.Ohashi APNI*
Desmodium (Oxytes) Schindl. APNI*
Leaves alternate, pinnately 3-foliolate; stipules striate, scarious; stipellate.
Inflorescences terminal racemes; bracts simple. Calyx tube short, upper 2 teeth ± fused. Standard oblong to ± circular, clawed; wings oblong, usually joined to the middle of the keel; keel obtuse. Stamens diadelphous; anthers uniform. Ovary with c. 2 ovules; style inflexed or incurved.
Pod transversely jointed, separating into 1-seeded articles; articles 3–8, sometimes dehiscent.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 3 species, in Australia, New Caledonia and New Guinea. Australia: 2 species.
Previously included in the genus Desmodium, but molecular data have demonstrated that this genus needs to be greatly divided.
Text by R.L. Barrett, Sept. 2019
|One species in NSW: Oxytes brachypoda|