Desmodium Desv.

First published in J. Bot. Agric. 1: 122 (1813), nom. cons.
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Tropics & Subtropics to N. America.


Native to:

Alabama, Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Arkansas, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burkina, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Is., Central American Pac, Chad, Chile North, Colombia, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Cuba, Delaware, District of Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Florida, French Guiana, Galápagos, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jamaica, Kansas, Kentucky, Labrador, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Maine, Malawi, Mali, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nebraska, Netherlands Antilles, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, Newfoundland, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Territory, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oman, Ontario, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Prince Edward I., Puerto Rico, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southwest Caribbean, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks-Caicos Is., Uruguay, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Windward Is., Wisconsin, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Ascension, Bismarck Archipelago, Burundi, Cape Provinces, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, China South-Central, China Southeast, Comoros, Congo, Cook Is., Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Gilbert Is., Guinea, Hawaii, India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malaya, Maluku, Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexican Pacific Is., Nauru, Niue, Norfolk Is., Northern Provinces, Philippines, Pitcairn Is., Rodrigues, Rwanda, Réunion, Seychelles, Society Is., South China Sea, Sri Lanka, St.Helena, Taiwan, Tonga, Tubuai Is., Uganda, Wallis-Futuna Is., West Himalaya, Western Australia, Zaïre


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.
  • Pires Lima, L.C., de Queiroz, L.P., de Azevedo Tozzi, A.M.G & Lewis, G.P. (2014). A taxonomic revision of Desmodium (Leguminosae, Papilionoideae) in Brazil. Phytotaxa 169: 1-119.

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 2: 159.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Verdcourt in Kirkia 9: 506 (1974).
  • in J. Bot. Agric. 1: 122, t. 5, fig. 15 (1813) nom. conserv.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Journ. de Bot., sér. 2, 1: 122, t. 5/15 (1813)
  • Schubert in F.C.B. 5: 180 (1954), nom. conserv.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1986 Thomas, D.W. [2133], Cameroon K000087027 No
Nov 21, 1925 Armstrong [s.n.], Australia K000279025 Yes
Rico, L. [1600], Bolivia K000295213 No
Cunningham, A. [35], Australia K000279027 Yes
Rico, L. [1354b], Bolivia K000295496 Yes
Bauer [s.n.], Australia K000279030 Yes
Lindley [s.n.], Australia K000279029 Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. s.n.], India K001132335 Yes
Bauer [s.n.], Australia K000279088 Yes
Brooks, R.R. [TMEX436], Brazil K000931721 Yes
Moore, C. [s.n.], Australia K000279024 Yes
Heringer, E.P. [4670], Brazil K000931722 Yes
Buchanan-Hamilton, F. [Cat. no. s.n.] K001132336 Yes
Cunningham, A. [41], Australia K000279023 Yes
Berçot, A.C.S. [19], Brazil K000931720 Yes
Rico, L. [1387], Bolivia K000295397 Yes
Silva, J.M. [5640], Brazil K000931723 Yes


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