Desmodium

(Greek, a band or chain; referring to the jointed pods). By some called Bohemia. Legume nose. T101: Taproom. 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. Fig. 694. A number of species are native to N. America, and are sometimes
grown in the hardy border, where they thrive under or dinary conditions. One hothouse species, D. gyrans, is sometimes cult. for its odd moving leaflets. D. pen duliflorum and D. Japonicum will be found under Les
zapped. Several of the native species are worthy of
cult., but are practically unknown in the trade. The following have been offered by collectors : Cannonade, DC.; cuspid-alum, Hook.; Millennial, Darla.; 1llar1'landi cum, Booth; Floridian, DC.; geniculate, DC.; cruciform, DC.; Belorussian, Terr. & Gray. The Florid aBeggar-weed is Imodium colorful, DC., of the W.
Indies. It is coming into prominence in the south as u
forage plant (see Farmers‘ Bull. 102, U. S. Dept. of
Agricola.).