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Fabaceae-Mimosoideae family

Desmanthus virgatus
(Linnaeus) Willdenow
, Sp. Pl. 4(2): 1047.  1806.
Bas.: Mimosa virgata Linnaeus (1753). 

Indigenous low or prostrate common herb of coastal rocky areas.
Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Barthélemy, Antigua, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, La Désirade, Marie Galante, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, Greater Antilles, Tobago, Trinidad, North America, Mesoamerica, South America.

This species can be confused with
Desmanthus pernambucanus and Desmanthus leptophyllus
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 leaflets/leaf or less and pubescent stipules.
D. leptophyllus has 8 pairs of leaflets or less/leaf and glabrous stipules.