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Weed Identification

perplexed ticktrefoil

Family

Fabaceae

Scientific Name

Desmodium perplexum

Synonyms (former Scientific Names):

Meibomia dillenii
Desmodium dillenii
Desmodium paniculatum var. dillenii

Growth Habit

upright and nonwoody

Thorns or Spines

not present

Approximate Flower Diameter

pencil

Dominant Flower Color

Varies: 
blue
purple

Flower Symmetry

bilateral symmetry

Leaf Hairs

Varies: 
no hairs
has hairs

Leaf Shape

Varies: 
lance
oval

Leaf Arrangement

alternate

Leaf Margin

entire

Leaf Structure

trifoliate

Leaf Stalk

shorter than leaf

Stem Hairs

has hairs

Stem Cross Section

round or oval

Milky Sap

not present

Root Structure

taproot

Life Cycle

perennial

Ochrea

not present

Plant Type

Herb