Wild Florida Photo - Hylodesmum nudiflorum

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Hylodesmum nudiflorum


Synonym: Desmodium nudiflorum

Florida native


An occasional plant of mesic hammocks in parts of the panhandle and Alachua County. The range includes the eastern United States, west to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota, plus Ontario and Quebec in Canada.
The long flowering stems are typically leafless, distinct from the shorter foliar stems with trifoliolate leaves. The leaflets are entire, elliptic to lanceolate and lack stipules. The calyx is persistent, remaining after the corolla is gone. The fruit is a loment. The flowers are the form typical of the pea family, pink with violet markings and a white keel.

Hylodesmum nudiflorum is a member of the Fabaceae - Pea family.