Jan. 29, 2018

Illinois ticktrefoil, Desmodium illinoense

This prairie species is common in Michigan. It's grows in plains and prairies, and along rails and roadsides that mimic its original habitat. But it's rare enough in Ohio that they believe it has been extirpated. It's not. I've seen it just across the border at Kitty Todd Preserve near Toledo. The seeds of these head-high plants with 3/8 inch flowers will persistently stick with you. It's hard to believe they could be at risk. But habitat loss is always an issue. Prairies are good places to farm and build. Illinois ticktrefoil grows in AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH(X), OK, SD, WI, and ON(X). Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 7/25/15.