Desmodium rhytidophyllum Benth. APNI*
Description: Twining perennial herb or trailing shrub c. 1 m long or tall; stems with dense, rusty, spreading hairs.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to rhombic or elliptic, mostly 1.2–7 cm long, 8–35 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, both surfaces appressed-pubescent; petiole 7–35 mm long; stipules c. 4–6 mm long.
Racemes 8–25 cm long, c. 30-flowered; pedicels c. 4–6 mm long. Flowers c. 6 mm long, purple to pink.
Pod 15–25 mm long, covered with minute, hooked hairs; articles 2–7, each 2–3 mm long.
Flowering: almost all year.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows on sandy or stony soils in dry sclerophyll forest, north from Nowra district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
Text by C. Gardner & T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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