||Low plant with whorls of leaves; each leaf with
three round, long-pointed leaflets. Small, pink to purple,
pea-like irregular flowers in elongated clusters. Fruit a
pea pod, but with usually two or three seeds, deeply cleft between the
.Occasional in the shady woodlands, especially on the
Tick trefoils are easily recognized by their long stalks of
small colorful flowers, three-parted leaves and deep clefts
between the seeds in the seedpod.
Perplexing Tick Trefoil (Desmodium
perplexum) has somewhat larger flowers with "eyes," alternate (not
whorled) leaves, and 3-5 divisions of the seedpod.