African Plant Database

Desmodium tortuosum (Sw.) DC.
Protologue : Prodr. (DC.) 2: 332 (1825) 
Information on the genus : Desmodium
Basionym : Hedysarum tortuosum Sw.
Status for MA : accepted (naturalised)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Hedysarum tortuosum Sw. (1788)
 Meibomia tortuosa (Sw.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Desmodium spirale auct. sensu Baker. in Leg.Trop. Afr., non (Sw.) DC.
=Desmodium stipulaceum DC.
=Desmodium purpureum (Mill.) Fawc. & Rendle
=Hedysarum purpureum Mill. (1768)
=Meibomia purpurea (Mill.) Vail ex Small (1903)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Erect perennial or arching herb or subshrub 0,5-1,5 m tall; stems often several from the base, hallow or pithy within, puberulous and with tubercular-based glandular hairs, and with shorter hairs hooked at the tip.
Ecology : A weed on railways, in storm drains, forest clearings, waste and cultivated ground; also Brachystegia woodland, wooded grassland; 30-1230 m alt.
  Native of Central America. Now widespread in tropical Africa and Asia, Madagascar.
  Sometimes cultivated ("Florida beggar weed").
Biol./Eco : Herb; Subhumid, Dry; Forest, Anthropic; 0-499 m, 500-999 m; distribution: Naturalised in Madagascar.
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carte afrique num 62187
Record n°62187 modified 2007-04-19
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