Beggar's Ticks
Desmodium nudiflorum (L)
Fabaceae (Pea) Family

Beggar's Ticks may also be known as Beggar's Lice and Naked Flower Ticktrefoil . The species name, nudiflorum, refers to the lack of leaves on the flowering stem.

The plant is an upright smooth or slightly hairy perennial. Its preferred habitat is pine woods and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem, trifoliate, with leaflets ovate. There are no teeth and no lobes.

The flowers are in a raceme or panicle-like arrangement. The calyx is four lobed. The five petals are violet, purple, or white. Each will have 10 stamens. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is loment (a legume that is constricted into a linear series of segments) of one to three nearly ovate segments.

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