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Desmodium nemorosum Benth.
Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae
Desmodium nemorosum Benth. APNI*

Description: Erect herb to 1 m high; stems with dense, whitish grey, appressed hairs.

Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to elliptic, 2–8 cm long, 10–35 mm wide, apex obtuse or acute, upper surface glabrous, lower surface paler, with dense whitish grey appressed hairs, terminal leaflets often conspicuously larger than laterals; petiole 7–23 mm long; stipules 5–13 mm long.

Racemes to 20 cm long, c. 12-flowered; pedicels 3–5 mm long. Flowers c. 5–8 mm long, purple to pink.

Pod 10–50 mm long, densely covered with hooked hairs; articles 2–5, each 5–10 mm long.


Flowering: spring–autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in wet areas on coast in open forest or on the margins of rainforest, north from Crescent Head, not common.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
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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