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Genus: Hylodesmum — naked tick-trefoil

Two species in New England that were formerly considered to belong in the genus Desmodium are now placed in Hylodesmum (Ohashi and Mill 2000). There are genetic, morphological, and ecological differences between these species and the other species in Desmodium. Species of Hylodesmum are typical of shaded forests, while most species of Desmodium are usually found in open or partially open sites.


Fabaceae (bean or legume family)

This genus’s species in New England

Visit this genus in the Dichotomous Key