Click on images
Leaf and flowers. Copyright Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Desmodium gangeticum (L.) DC.
Candolle, A.P. de (1825) Prodromus 2: 327. Type: ?.
Hedysarum gangeticum L., Species Plantarum: 746(1753), Type: ?.
Flowers and fruits as a herb or a shrub up to 1 m tall.
Leaf blades about 30-120 x 17-50 mm, petioles about 8-20 mm long. (Petiole consists of two parts: the compound leaf petiole and the leaflet stalk, and a pair of stipels each about 2-5 mm long.) Stipules narrowly triangular to linear, about 3-8 mm long, venation longitudinal. Underside of the leaf blades clothed in pale, appressed hairs. Lateral veins 7-10 on each side of the midrib.
Inflorescence a fasciculate raceme about 20-30 cm long. Flowers about 5-7 mm diam. Calyx tube about 1-1.5 mm long, lobes about 1-1.5 mm long. Corolla lobes about 3-4 mm long. Stamens 10, the filaments of nine stamens fused to form a tube open on one side while the filament of one stamen is completely free. Ovary about 2.5 mm long, clothed in hairs. Ovules about 6 per ovary. Stigma papillate.
Features not available.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ and southwards as far as New South Wales. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from near sea level to 500 m? Occurs in a variety of habitats, often in open forest but also in disturbed areas in rain forest, monsoon forest an vine thicket. Also occurs in Africa, Asia and Malesia.
This species may have medicinal properties. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A8598.htm)
Grazing characteristics not recorded. Hacker (1990).
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)