It's been a while since I've done a straight-up botanical post. This is a nice specimen of this plant, so I stopped to take its picture.
There are a number of different kinds of tick trefoil. Trefoil is "three leaves," just what the word implies. Not sure why they are "ticks," except that the seed pods sure do stick to your clothes.
The three leaves might make you think of poison ivy, but these leaves are rounder.
It doesn't grow like poison ivy either. Notice how the leaf stalks come out of the center in a whorl.
Before the nasty seeds appear, however, the blossoms are quite pretty.
It often grows along back roads here. There are quite a few tick trefoils, and I have trouble remembering which is which, so this was a good review for me.
Scientific name: Desmodium glutinosum .
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