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Sessile-leaved Tick-trefoil
Desmodium sessilifolium

Sessile-leaved tick trefoil is believed to be extinct in Connecticut. This plant was photographed at the New England Wild Flower Society's rare plants garden.

• Family: Pea (Fabaceae)
• Habitat: dry or sandy soil
• Height: 2-4 feet
• Flower size: 1/4 inch long
• Flower color: pink
• Flowering time: July to August
• Origin: native

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Desmodium sessilifolium
Desmodium sessilifolium
"Sessile-leaved" means the leaves have no stalk. That's not quite true of this plant -- the leaves tend to have very short stalks -- but close enough to give the plant its name.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.