Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Desmodium grahamii Gray
(Graham Tick-Clover, Graham's Tick-Trefoil)
Meibomia grahamii (Gray) Kuntze
Desmodium grahamii is a spreading viney plant with sticky stems. The members of Desmodium have constrictions between the chambers of the fruit which is called a loment. The three leaflets of Desmodium grahamii are ovate and broad. The flowers, present in elongate racemes, are pink when fresh, turning purple with age. Desmodium grahamii is found on middle elevation slopes, sometimes becoming a groundcover in forest clearings.
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Desmodium grahamii, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City, Gomez Peak, Aug. 30, 2007
Desmodium grahamii, closeup of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, August 8, 2010
Desmodium grahamii, closeup of loment, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, August 8, 2010
Desmodium grahamii, forming groundcover, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, August 8, 2010
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