African Plant Database

Desmodium dichotomum (Willd.) DC.
Protologue : Prodr. (DC.) 2: 336 (1825)
Information on the genus : Desmodium
Basionym : Hedysarum dichotomum Willd.
Status for TA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Desmodium diffusum (Willd.) DC.
 Hedysarum dichotomum Willd.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Desmodium sennaarense Schweinf. (1867)
=Hedysarum diffusum Willd.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb to suffretex with a procumbent, diffuse and branched, angular, grooved and striate stem 0,1-1 m long, usually tawny to brownish, moderately to densely uncinulate-puberulent and sparsely to moderately pilose with long tapering hairs.
Ecology : Grassland; black cotton soil; deciduous woodland; Echinochloa grassland in mopane woodland on black cracking clay; 600-1900 m alt.
  India to China, Java, Celebes. - Undoubtedly introduced in Africa (and Madagascar); not mapped.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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