What is Desmodium?
Also known as tick clover, tick trefoil, beggar lice or hitch hikers, Desmodium is a flowering plant genus. It belongs to the Fabaceae family of plants. Several plant species fall under desmodium genus. They are legumes with some species having large, bold flowers.
Desmodium species can either be small shrubs or herbs with some plants growing to average heights. The plants bear loment fruits with seeds enclosed in parts. Seed dispersion occurs individually. Although some Desmodium species are weeds, the plants are mostly tenacious. The versatile plants find use in different ways.
Benefits/Uses of Desmodium
Desmodium plants contain certain compounds such as antixenotic allomones in Tick-trefoils, to help repel insect pests. Therefore, the plants can help with pest management in farms. Other species contain allelopathic compounds to help kill stubborn weeds in farms organically.
Desmodium plants are inter-cropped with cereals such as sorghum and maize as a cover crop to help with pest and weed control. The plants are also used as green manure or living mulch. It can fix nitrogen into soil for enhanced soil fertility. Turkey, cattle, deer, bobwhite and goats often feed on Desmodium as a form of animal feed.
Popular Desmodium varieties include the following:
- Desmodium acanthocladum
- Desmodium adscendens
- Desmodium canadense
- Desmodium canescens
- Desmodium ciliare
- Desmodium concinnum
- Desmodium cuspidatum
- Desmodium discolor
- Desmodium elegans
- Desmodium glabellum
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