|Etymology||Genus||Chain; referring to fruit pod which comprises of several joints|
|Species||Varying leaf; referring to the various sizes of the leaflets|
|Synonyms||Hedysarum heterophyllum Willd.|
|Common Names||Greater Clover-leafed Desmodium, Spanish Clover|
|Form||Herbaceous and sometimes woody creeper|
|Native Distribution||China, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indochina, and Malesia|
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.
A comparison of Desmodium heterophyllum and D. triflorum, as well as the varying leaflet sizes of the D. heterophyllum.
The Spanish Clover can grow well in marshy habitats, like in a drain in this case. Note that the stem is woody.
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.