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Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2615)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2518)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2127)

      Order: Fabales (239)

        Family: Fabaceae (239)(family description)

          Genus: Desmodium (9)

            Epithet: velutinum (Willd.) DC. (2)

              Subspecies: longibracteatum (Schindl.) H.Ohashi

Synonyms: Anarthrosyne cordata Klotzsch, Desmodium lasiocarpum (P.Beauv.) DC., Desmodium latifolium (Roxb.) DC., Desmodium plukenetii (Wight & Arn.) Merr., Desmodium sikkimense Schindl., Desmodium virgatum Prain, Hedysarum deltoides Poir., Hedysarum deltoideum Schum. & Thonn., Hedysarum lasiocarpum P.Beauv., Hedysarum latifolium Roxb., Hedysarum velutinum Willd., Meibomia velutina (Willd.) Kuntze, Pseudarthria cordata (Klotzsch) C.Mueller

cordata => heart-shaped, as of leaves having the stalk at the notched end

lasiocarpum => woolly fruit

latifolium => with broad leaves

velutina => velvet-like, covered closely with short, soft hairs

velutinum => velvet-like, covered closely with short, soft hairs

virgatum => composed of willowy twigs

Characteristics

Climate: tropical

Habit: shrub

External links

Check for Desmodium velutinum at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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