Diagnostic: A very common species in lawns and scrublands. Their trifoliate leaves bear a close resemblance to another very common relative, Desmodium triflorum, but most of the leaflets are much larger, more elongated, and stiffer than the latter species.
Interesting Facts: The Spanish Clover is said to grow in a wide range of soil conditions; from sands to clays (Globinmed, 2010). This, together with its prostrate form, makes it a very successful weed on our frequently mowed lawns.
|A comparison of Desmodium heterophyllum and D. triflorum, as well as the varying leaflet sizes of the D. heterophyllum.|
|The young leaves are folded along the mid-vein.|
|Supermacro shot of the flowers of Desmodium heterophyllum.||The back of the petal is white in colour.|
|The Spanish Clover can grow well in marshy habitats, like in a drain in this case. Note that the stem is woody.|
ReferencesGlobinmed. (2010) Desmodium heterophyllum (Willd.) DC. Global Information Hub on Integrated Science, Institute of Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Malaysia. http://www.globinmed.com. Accessed on 3-Jan-2013.
|Posted on 3-Jan-2013 / Last Updated on 16-Jan-2015|