African Plant Database

Desmodium adscendens (Sw.) DC.
Protologue : Prodr. (DC.) 2: 332 (1825) 
Information on the genus : Desmodium
Basionym : Hedysarum adscendens Sw.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Desmodium adscendens (Sw.) DC. var. adscendens
 Hedysarum adscendens Sw. (1788)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hedysarum caespitosum Poir. (1805)
=Desmodium ovalifolium Guill. & Perr. (1832)
=Desmodium simplex G. Don (1832)
=Desmodium oxalidifolium G. Don
=Desmodium thwaitesii Baker
Taxon infra-specific
Desmodium adscendens var. robustum B.G. Schub.
Desmodium adscendens (Sw.) DC. var. adscendens
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb or undershrub 0,2-1 m long; stem creeping or forming tussocks, terete, striate with stiff, upwardly appressed to spreading pilosity; branches ± erect.
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Ecology : Humid to swampy, shaded clearings in forest; old cultivated fields; grassland of stream banks; humid places in niayes and gallery; roadsides; secondary- bush and forest; rain-forest with Chrysophyllum albidum, Cola gigantea, etc...
  S. Africa; Madagascar; America; tropics.
  Comprises 2 vars. (not always strictly marked): - Var. adscendens; - var. robustum B. G. Schubert
  Without fruits can be confused with D. hirtum. According to H. Ohashi (o.c., 2004: 133), native of C America, West Indies; introduced into Africa, Asia, the Pacific.
Biol./Eco : Herb; Humid, Subhumid, Dry; Woodland, Forest, Anthropic; 0-499 m, 500-999 m, 1000-1499 m; distribution: Africa.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:228 (2012)
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