Desmodium batocaulon

A common plant in oak/juniper/pinyon woodland in southwestern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and the Big Bend region of Texas. My identification is somewhat tentative; Desmodium cinerascens is the only other species in the area with fruits that are only sparsely pubescent, long-stipitate, and with oval, untwisted segments.

Flowers near Herb Martyr in the Chiricahua Mountains, 9/2/06.

A cauline leaf near Herb Martyr, 9/2/06.

Fruit near Herb Martyr, 9/4/06.

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