Desmodium paniculatum 
panicledleaf ticktrefoil

Desmodium paniculatum
Desmodium paniculatum
Photos courtesy Renee Brecht
Botanical name: Desmodium paniculatum (L.) DC
Common name: panicledleaf ticktrefoil
Group: dicot
Family: Fabaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 2 - 4'
Foliage: leaflets of 3, entire, terminal leaflet narrow, 4 times longer than wide; stems pubescent
Flower: 1/4"+, pink, pea like; joints of pods about as wide as long
Flowering time: July - September
Habitat: dry woods and borders
Range in New Jersey: scattered statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a