Desmodium triflorum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Desmodium triflorum (L.) DC
  • Synonyms : Hedysarum triflorum L.
  • Common Name : Zino Pandadiyo, Creeping Tick Trefoil, Three-Flower Beggarweed
  • Plant Family : Papilionaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 2, 4, 5, 10, 14-18, 23-25, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Ayurvedic Udyan, Punit Van, Aranya Van

About Desmodium triflorum Plant :

  • Habit : A small, perennial prostrate herb, often rooting at the nodes, more or less densely hairy with spreading hairs.
  • Leaves :
    • Trifoliate, occasionally unifoliate, stipules broad-based, acuminate, strongly nerved.
    • Leaflets obovate, cuneate or obcordate, glabrous above, slightly hairy beneath, stipels minute, setaceous.
  • Inflorescence : Small fascicles.
  • Flower :
    • Bright red to purple, facing upwards, bracts similar to stipules, but smaller.
    • Calyx hairy with long white hairs, corolla slightly longer than the calyx.
  • Fruit : Pods falcate, the upper suture straight, the lower one deeply indented, joints 3-5, hairy with hooked hairs and somewhat reticulately veined, the pods are often invisible on the living plant as they are covered by the prostrate branches and leaves.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : Throughout the year.
  • Significance :
    • The fresh leaves or a paste made of them is applied to indolent sores and ulcers.
    • A decoction of the caves is galactogogue.