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Desmodium barbatum (L.) Benth.
Protologue : Pl. Jungh. 2: 224 (1852)
Information on the genus : Desmodium
Basionym : Hedysarum barbatum L.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Desmodium barbatum (L.) Benth. var. barbatum
 Hedysarum barbatum L. (1759)
 Nicolsonia barbata (L.) DC. (1825)
Taxon infra-specific
Desmodium barbatum var. argyreum (Welw. ex Baker) B.G. Schub.
Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum (Welw. ex Baker) B.G. Schub. (1952)
Desmodium barbatum (L.) Benth. var. barbatum
Desmodium barbatum var. procumbens B.G. Schub. (1952)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Variable procumbent to erect perennial ± woody herb 0,1-1m long with white to fulvous appressed to spreading pilosity on stems, branches and petioles.
Ecology : Open and wooded grassland; deciduous woodland; grassland in sandy soil by lake and marsh edges; Brachystegia woodland, etc.; rocky ground; sometimes a weed; old cultivations; bushland; sandy roadsides; edge of forest gallery; 15-2150 m alt.
  Namibia, Botswana, S. Africa; Madagascar.
  Comprises 3 vars. in mainland Africa: [see more in the book]
Biol./Eco : Herb; Humid, Subhumid, Dry; Grassland, Woodland, Anthropic; 0-499 m, 500-999 m, 1000-1499 m; distribution: Africa.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:228 (2012)
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