Taxon: Desmodium canum (J. F. Gmel.) Schinz & Thell.

Synonym of Desmodium incanum (G. Mey.) DC.

Genus: Desmodium
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Subtribe: Desmodiinae
Nomen number: 13618
Place of publication: Beitr. Kenntn. Fl. Kolumb. W. Ind. 371. 1913 Jul; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 12:428. 1913 Sep (O. Fuhrmann & E. Mayor, Mém. Soc. Sci. Nat. Neuchâtel 5:371. 1914 "1913" (Voy. explor. Colombie))
Link to protologue:
  • • wrongly treated by Nicolson (1978) as an illegitimate, superfluous name (Melbourne ICN Art. 52), based on his faulty conclusion that its basionym, Hedysarum canum J. F. Gmel., was an illegitimate, superfluous name for H. racemosum Aubl.
  • • published in a reprint distributed in July of 1913
Name Verified on: 04-May-2009 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-Mar-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System


  1. Adams, C. Flowering plants of Jamaica. 1972 (F Jam)
  2. Applequist, W. L. 2013. Report of the Committee for Spermatophyta: 65 (Taxon) 62:1320.
  3. Lima, L. C. P. et al. 2012. (2089) Proposal to conserve the name Hedysarum incanum Sw. against H. incanum Thunb. (Leguminosae) (Taxon) 61:1122-1123.
  4. Macbride, J. F. et al., eds. Flora of Peru. 1936-1971; new ser. 1980- (F Peru)
  5. Nicolson, D. H. 1978. Illegitimate "basionyms," impact on priority and author citation or, the rise of Desmodium incanum and fall of D. canum (Fabaceae) (Taxon) 27:369.
  6. Oliveira, M. de L. A. A. de 1983. Estudo taxonômico do gênero Desmodium Desv. (Leguminosae, Faboideae, Desmodieae) Iheringia, Bot. 31:62.
  7. Pulle, A. A. et al., eds. Flora of Suriname. (F Suriname)
  8. Spellman, D. L. et al. A list of the monocotyledoneae/dicotyledonae of Belize. Rhodora v. 77 & 83. (L Belize)
  9. Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark Flora of Guatemala. (F Guat)
  10. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)
  11. Woodson, R. E. & R. W. Schery, eds. Flora of Panama. (F Panama)

Check other web resources for Desmodium canum (J. F. Gmel.) Schinz & Thell. :

  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 21 April 2018.