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Desmodium gangeticum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Desmodieae

The tribe Desmodieae is one of the subdivisions of the plant family Fabaceae. It is composed of two subtribes, Desmodiinae and Lespedezinae. Recent phylogenetics has this tribe nested within tribe Phaseoleae.[1]


The following genera are recognized by the USDA:[2][3]

Desmodium clade[edit]

Lespedeza clade[edit]

Phyllodium clade[edit]


  1. ^ M. F. Wojciechowski (2003). "Reconstructing the phylogeny of legumes (Leguminosae): an early 21st century perspective". In B. B. Klitgaard & A. Bruneau. Advances in Legume Systematics, part 10, Higher Level Systematics (PDF). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 5–35. ISBN 1-84246-054-4. 
  2. ^ "Desmodieae". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. January 17, 2003. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ Egan AN, Vatanparast M, Cagle W. (2016). "Parsing polyphyletic Pueraria: Delimiting distinct evolutionary lineages through phylogeny". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 104: 44–59. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.08.001. 
  4. ^ Ohashi H, Ohashi K. (2012). "Ototropis, a genus separated from Desmodium (Leguminosae)" (PDF). Journal of Japanese Botany. 87 (2): 108–118. 
  5. ^ Ohashi H. (2003). "A new vircumscription of Tadehagi and a new genus Akschindlium (Leguminosae)" (PDF). Journal of Japanese Botany. 78 (5): 269–294. 
  6. ^ Ohashi H, Ohashi K. (2012). "Verdesmum, a new genus of Leguminosae: tribe Desmodieae" (PDF). Journal of Japanese Botany. 87 (5): 299–306.