Slender Tick Trefoil
Prostrate or climbing herb with stems to 50 cm long. Yellow-green leaves in threes (trifoliate) are actually leaflets, 0.5-4.0 cm long, 5-20 mm wide. Inconspicuous pea-shaped yellowish to white flowers to 5 mm long. Seedpods, 7-20 mm long, in usually 5 segments that separate at maturity.
|Former Scientific Name||
Desmodium varians var. gunnii
Seed pods have a dense covering of hooked hairs to facilitate dispersal.
Perennial. Widespread but not common. Prefers fertile loam. Dies back to rootstock over summer. When it reshoots it first develops a flowerspike at the tip, then develops side branches later. Palatable to livestock.
Mostly spring to summer, but throughout year
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia