Grona triflora

Grona triflora (L.) H. Ohashi & K. Ohashi

Synonym: Desmodium triflorum

Common Names: Creeping Tick Trefoil, Three Flowered Beggar Weed

Family: Fabaceae

Habit: Grona triflora is a creeping prostrate perennial herb becoming slightly woody at its base with age rarely more than 20 cm in height and spreading with side branches. All vegetation is pubescent.  The trifoliate leaves are arranged alternately and are to 1 cm in length. The leaflets are obovate to rounded, the leaflet apex mucronate, with an entire margin. At the base of each leaflet there are two stipules.

The complete, perfect, zygomorphic flowers are arranged in terminal and axillary, 2-4 flower, racemes or panicles. The calyx has 5 fused, pubescent sepals.  The corolla has 5 pink/purple petals.  The lower 2 petals are fused into a keel and the upper is enlarged to form a standard. The superior ovary has a single locule.  The fruit is a legume at maturity that is slightly constricted/notched between the 3-6 seeds. The fruit is curved and covered with recurved hairs.

Habitat: Grona triflora grows in Human Altered environments (lawns and beds).

Distribution: Grona triflora is NOT native to the Lucayan Archipelago.  It is thought to be native to parts of Asia and the Indian Subcontinent but it so wide spread globally that its true origins are somewhat obscure.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Grona triflora is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.

It has been used in other areas of the world in bath water and to clean cuts, scrapes and other skin maladies as well as for digestive issues.