Common name: Green-leaved Desmodium
Desmodium intortum (Mill.) Urb. APNI*
Description: Prostrate to ascending subshrub; stems to c. 1.5 m long, with dense, hooked or recurved hairs, sometimes ± glabrescent.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to ± lanceolate, 2–10 cm long, 10–60 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate, both surfaces sparsely to densely hairy; petiole 20–50 mm long; stipules 4–6 mm long.
Racemes to 30 cm long; pedicels 4–10 mm long. Flowers c. 10 mm long, pink to blue or white.
Pod 10–30 mm long, covered with minute, hooked hairs; articles 3–10, each 3–7 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Introduced as a pasture plant; sometimes naturalized, mainly along roadsides. Native of C & S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by C. Gardner & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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