Desmodium fernaldii

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Common name: Fernald's ticktrefoil [1]

Desmodium fernaldii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Desmodium
Species: D. fernaldii
Binomial name
Desmodium fernaldii
G.B. Schub
Natural range of Desmodium fernaldii from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Meibomia rhombifolia Vail

Varieties: none


D. fernaldii is a perennial forb/herb of the Fabaceae family native to North America. [1]


D. fernaldii can be found along the southeastern coast of the United States from Texas to Maryland. [1]



D. fernaldii proliferates in sandhills, dry flatwoods, and woodland borders. [1] Specimens have been collected from open sadn ridge, annually burned upland pineland, loamy sands of pine-oak woodland, and longleaf pine woods. [2]


D. fernaldii has been observed to flower in October. [3]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 USDA Plant Database
  2. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: A.F. Clewell, Loran C. Anderson. States and counties: Florida (Leon, Escambia) Georgia (Thomas)
  3. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 21 MAY 2018