Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Desmodium rosei Schubert
(Rose's Tick-clover, Rose's Tick-trefoil)

Family: Fabaceae

Status: Native


Desmodium rosei is a spreading viney plant with three linear palmate leaflets. The flowers are pink to purple. The pods, with constrictions between cells (loments), are ciliate edged and stick easily to shoes and clothing. Desmodium rosei can be found at lower elevations in the Gila, where it is easy to mistake it for Desmodium neomexicanum which has broader leaflets.
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Desmodium rosei, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Deadman Canyon, Sept. 9, 2007

Desmodium rosei, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, FR 536 behind Ft. Bayard, September 22, 2008

Desmodium rosei, leaves with linearleaflets, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Knight Canyon, August 18, 2013

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