any of several plants, esp. a leguminous West Indian plant (Desmodium purpureum), grown in the SE U.S. for soil improvement
Any of several tick trefoils, especially Desmodium tortuosum or D. purpureum, grown for forage or as a cover crop in subtropical and tropical regions.
(usually uncountable, plural beggarweeds)
- A type of plant, Desmodium incanum, native to Central and South America.