Meibomia triflora; Desmodium bullamense G. Don.
Amor do campo, trevinho do campo, amorsinho secco, carrapicho
(Brazil); hindu pujali (Sri Lanka); pacpaclanhão (the Philippines);
hierba cuartillo (El Salvador).
Herb; stems branched, prostrate, creeping and forming dense
mats. Leaflets broadly obovate, broad and emarginate at the apex, about
1 cm long, glabrous to finely appressed-pilose beneath. Flowers pink or
purplish, one to three in the leaf axils. Pod about one-third indented
on one side, approximately five-seeded, pubescent (Andrews, 1952).
Semitropical. Common in Queensland, Australia, the southern
Sudan, Côte d'Ivoire, Uganda, southern Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia.g
A prostrate legume commonly found growing with Cynodon dactylon
and Paspalum notatum in lawns and native pastures in the tropics and subtropics.
Does not produce much bulk except where the nitrogen supply makes it possible.
Resists drought (Farinas, 1966) and grazing very well. Is extremely palatable
to poultry, especially baby chicks (Horrell, 1958). Grows well in Côte
d'Ivoire with short grasses (Botton, 1958). In Hawaii, Hosaka and Ripperton
(1944) report that it grows well with Cynodon dactylon, resists grazing
and drought and is palatable to livestock. Payne et al. (1955) included
it as a suitable component of a pasture ley in Fiji.
Otero, 1952, gave the following analysis of the plant on a dry-matter
Protein 13.57%, Fat 2.58%, N-free extract 41.58%, Fibre 35.00%, Ash
Bermudez et al. (1968) stated that it contained 18 percent protein.o