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