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Wet Tropics Legumes

Desmodium heterophyllum

 Morphological description. Prostrate perennial, multi-branching, strongly stoloniferous stems, rooting freely from stolons and lower nodes of aerial stems. Stems angular, reddish-brown, tomentose, the brown hairs 1.5–2.0 mm long. Stolons become woody with age and practically glabrous. Height rarely exceeds 15–20 cm. Leaves trifoliate, stalk of the terminal leaflet (4–5 mm long) four to five times longer than those of lateral leaflets. Terminal leaflet (15–20 mm long and 10–15 mm wide) larger than lateral leaflets (12–15 mm long and 8–10 mm wide). Leaves stipulate, the stipules long (4–6 mm), tapering, with hairy margins and parallel venation. Leaflets subtended by four inconspicuous stipules, obovate, margins entire, apex slightly emarginate, reticulate venation, densely pubescent (hairs whitish coloured) on both dorsal and ventral surface. Petioles angular, 10–15 mm long, reddish-brown, and covered with brown hairs. Flowers small (3–5 mm long), pink, giving rise to a 3–6 jointed, undulate (on dorsal edge) pod, which fractures at the joints on maturity. Pods 12–25 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, finely pubescent. Segments break and stick to hair or clothing when ripe (hence name of tick trefoil). Seeds kidney shaped 2.25–2.50 mm long and 1.50–1.75 mm wide, yellowish brown turning dark brown with age; seed coat glabrous .

Desmodium heterophyllum
Desmodium heterophyllum. Photo copyright © 2013 by Chris Gardiner.

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Desmodium intortum

 Desmodium intortum
Desmodium intortum

Morphological description. Greenleaf desmodium is a large trailing and scrambling perennial. It has a strong taproot and the long trailing stems can root at the nodes if in contact with moist soil. These stems are grooved, hairy and reddish-brown in colour and branch freely; it is finer and less hairy than ‘Silverleaf’ (D. uncinatum ). The trifoliate leaflets, to 7 cm x 5 cm, have reddish-brown flecking on the upper surface. Although pointed, they are more round than those of D. uncinatum . The deep pink flowers are produced on a compact terminal raceme ; they develop to narrow segmented pods to 5 cm long, holding 8–12 seeds. The segments break up when mature and, being covered with short hooked hairs, will stick to hair or clothing. There are c. 595,000 seeds per kg. 

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Arachis pintoi

Arachis pintoiArachis pintoi (Photo by Wikipedia

Among the most shade tolerant of warm season legumes tested. May produce more growth in shade than in full sunlight.

Arachis pintoi (Pinto peanut; Portuguese common name: Amendoim-forrageiro) is a forage plant native to Cerradovegetation in Brazil. It is native to the valleys of the upper São Francisco and the Jequitinhonha rivers of Brazil. It has been named after the Brazilian botanist Geraldo Pinto, who first collected the plant at the locality of Boca do Córrego, município de Belmonte (State of Bahia) in 1954 and suggested its potential as a forage. The species has been first described by A. Krapovickas and W. Gregory in 1994.

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