Perplexing Tick Trefoil,  Desmodium perplexum
Fabaceae or Pea Family

Plant Moderate plant, about 3 feet tall, with alternate (not opposite) leaves; each leaf with three egg-shaped leaflets.  Small, pink, pea-like irregular flowers with two yellowish "eyes" in crowded clusters.  Fruit a pea pod, but cleft into two to five joints.

.Occasional along the edges of the woodlands.

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.  Pointed-leaved tick trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum) has smaller flowers without "eyes",  whorled, pointed leaves, and usually only 2 joints of the seedpod.  It also likes shadier woods.