from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of leguminous plants, herbs or shrubs, with pinnately trifoliate (rarely simple) leaves, small flowers, and flat, deeply lobed and jointed pods.

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  • noun Any member of the genus Desmodium of the flowering plant family Fabaceae, containing mostly inconspicuous legumes but some with bright or large flowers.

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  • noun beggarweed; tick trefoil


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  • This line of permanent crops (usually fodder grasses and legumes like guatemala, desmodium, and leucaena), and trees provides a solid erosion control structure which slows the speed of run-off rainwater and traps soil particles.

    1. Indigenous soil and water conservation in Africa.

  • (Peruvian type), Townsville stillo, leucerne (alfalfa), and a green leafy desmodium.

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  • The desmodium, the bidens, the agrimony and the cocklebur, which stick to your clothes even as late as February, are only using you as a Moses to lead their children to their promised land.

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  • Over by the wire fence the tick-trefoil, desmodium, is in its glory.

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  • The desmodium and genesta celebrate their hospitality with a joke, as it were, letting their threshold fall beneath the feet of the caller, and startling him with an explosion and

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  • Annual: maize, sorghum, cumbu Perennial: guinea grass B. N.hybrids LEGUMES: Annual: cowpea, cluster bean, desmodium Perennial: lucerne, desmanthes

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  • Pointed out Thari Kulissa of ECOTERRA Intl. "For example, the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), has shown how intercropping with napier grass and desmodium can protect against stemborers and weeds, increase soil fertility and provide fodder for cattle.

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