LARGE-FLOWERED TICKCLOVER
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Desmodium glutinosum   (Muhl. ex Willd.) Alph. Wood
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 16-40 inches
Family: Fabaceae - Bean Family
Flowering Period:   June, July, August
Also Called: Pointed-leaf ticktrefoil.
Stems: Erect, unbranched below inflorescences, glabrous or sparsely spreading- and hooked-hairy.
Leaves: 3-foliolate, nearly whorled at bases of inflorescences, stalks 2 to 6 inches long; leaflets broadly egg-shaped, 3 to 6 inches long, nearly as wide, surfaces sparsely hairy; margins entire; tips tapering to points; 2 lateral leaflets smaller.
Inflorescences: Raceme-like or branched, 12 to 30 inches long, terminal; rachis with tiny hooked hairs.
Flowers: Calyces shallowly 2-lobed, finely hairy; corollas papilionaceous, 1/4 to 1/3 inch long, pink or purple, drying bluish; stamens 10, filaments united into 1 group.
Fruits: Jointed pods, flat, with 1-4 triangular to somewhat egg-shaped segments; seeds 1 in each segment, flat, 1/4 inch long, brown.
Habitat: Dry or rocky woods, thickets, and wooded stream valleys.
Distribution: East half of Kansas.
Forage Value: Deer will eat the leaves, and turkeys and bobwhite quail will consume the seeds.
Comments: The scientific name recently changed to Hylodesmum glutinosum (Muhl. ex Willd.) H. Ohasi & R. R. Mill. The pods are able to cling to clothing and fur due to tiny hooked hairs on their surfaces.

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