DESMODIUM (Greek, a band or chain; referring to the jointed pods). By some called Heibomia. Legumi nosw. T101: Tanrom. Mostly herbs, of 150 or more species, in temperate and warm regions of America,
Asia, Africa and Australia. Lvs. pinnate, with 3-5 (rarely 1) leaflets: fls. small and papilionaceous, in ter minal or axillary racemes in summer, mostly purple: pod flat, deeply lobed or jointed, the joints often break
ing apart and adhering to clothing and to animals by means of small hooked hairs.