Seedling with cotyledons. Key characteristics: cotyledons are round and smooth; first leaves are simple.
Vegetative plant. Key characteristics: as the plant matures, trifoliate leaves emerge. Stipules may also be present in leaf axils.
Seed. Seed of Desmodium paniculatum are approximately 3.0 mm long with a kidney shape and the hilum located within the depression.
Life cycle: perennial.