Desmodium canescens (L.) DC.
Family: Fabaceae
Hoary Tick-Trefoil,  more...
[Hedysarum canescens ]
Desmodium canescens image
Stem arising from a long taproot, erect, 6-15 dm, often much-branched, spreading-hairy as well as uncinate-puberulent (as also the infl); stipules ovate, persistent, 6-12 mm; petioles nearly as long as the lateral lfls; lfls thin, ovate or lance-ovate, finely uncinate-puberulent beneath, the terminal lfl 6-12 cm; panicle of several racemes; fls 10 mm, pinkish, becoming green (white), on pedicels 6-14 mm; cal 5 mm; stipe 2-5 mm; articles 4-6, semi-rhomboidal, 7-13 mm. Fields and woods; Mass. to Wis. and Neb., s. to Fla. and Tex.

Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

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From Flora of Indiana (1940) by Charles C. Deam
Frequent in dry, open habitats throughout the state, although there are no reports from the counties along Lake Michigan. This is our common, large tickclover.