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Fabaceae-Mimosoideae family

Desmanthus pernambucanus
(Linnaeus) Thellung
, Mém. Soc. Sci. Nat. Cherbourg 38: 296. 1912.
Bas.: Mimosa pernambucana Linnaeus (1753).

Indigenous woody herb/shrub behind beaches.

Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, St. Barthélemy, St. Kitts, St. Martin, St. Lucia, St. Vincentrest of Caribbean, South America.

There are other similar species.
D. virgatus is prostrate or has ascending branches (sometimes long) reaching a height of 0.7m.and is not woody.
D. pernambucanus and D. leptophyllus are much taller with long stems woody at the base.
D. pernambucanus has 4 pairs of pinnae/leaf or less and pubescent stipules witha basal appendage. The pinnules are fewer and wider.
D. leptophyllus has 8 pairs of pinnae or less/leaf and glabrous stipules.
The pinnules are more numerous and narrower.