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Desmodium uncinatum
(Silver-leaf desmodium)

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Desmodium uncinatum (Silver-leaf desmodium)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Desmodium uncinatum
  • Preferred Common Name
  • Silver-leaf desmodium
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Summary of Invasiveness
  • The following summary is from Witt and Luke (2017):

    Description

    Evergreen legume with long cylindrical or angula...

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Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Desmodium uncinatum (Jacq.) DC.

Preferred Common Name

  • Silver-leaf desmodium

Summary of Invasiveness

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The following summary is from Witt and Luke (2017):

Description

Evergreen legume with long cylindrical or angular stems covered with short, hooked hairs that stick to body hair or to clothing; rooting at the nodes; strong tap-root.

Origin

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Reason for Introduction

Nitrogen-fixation, fodder and ground cover.

Invades

Roadsides, disturbed areas, urban open spaces, forest edges/gaps, open woodlands and riparian vegetation.

Impacts

Has the ability to climb into and over vegetation, smothering plants, to the detriment of native fauna and flora.

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Fabales
  •                         Family: Fabaceae
  •                             Subfamily: Faboideae
  •                                 Genus: Desmodium
  •                                     Species: Desmodium uncinatum

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 17 Feb 2021
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

EthiopiaPresentIntroduced
KenyaPresentIntroducedInvasive
MalawiPresentIntroducedInvasive
TanzaniaPresentIntroducedInvasive
ZambiaPresentIntroducedInvasive

Asia

IndiaPresent

North America

El SalvadorPresent
NicaraguaPresent

Oceania

AustraliaPresent
-QueenslandPresent

South America

ArgentinaPresent
BoliviaPresent
BrazilPresent
ColombiaPresent
EcuadorPresent
ParaguayPresent
PeruPresent
UruguayPresent
VenezuelaPresent

Habitat List

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CategorySub-CategoryHabitatPresenceStatus
Terrestrial

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WebsiteURLComment
GISD/IASPMR: Invasive Alien Species Pathway Management Resource and DAISIE European Invasive Alien Species Gatewayhttps://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.m93f6Data source for updated system data added to species habitat list.

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