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Desmodium gangeticum (L.) DC.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Desmodium gangeticum (L.) DC. APNI*

Description: Erect subshrub to 2 m high or prostrate herb with stems to 40 cm long; stems glabrous to sparsely or densely hairy with minute, hooked hairs.

Leaves 1-foliolate; leaflets elliptic to ovate or obovate, 1.2–8 cm long, 13–60 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, upper surface with minute, hooked hairs, lower surface with longer, ± appressed hairs; petiole 5–25 mm long; stipules 7–15 mm long.

Racemes 7–40 cm long, 20–50-flowered; pedicels 3–6 mm long. Flowers c. 5 mm long, white to violet.

Pod 8–25 mm long; articles 4–8, each c. 3 mm long.


Flowering: summer and autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows mostly in forest; not common.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
AVH map***

Text by C. Gardner & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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