The tribe Desmodieae is one of the subdivisions of the plant family Fabaceae. It is composed of two subtribes, Desmodiinae and Lespedezinae. Recent phylogenetics has this tribe nested within tribe Phaseoleae.[1]

The following genera are recognized by the USDA:[2]

Subtribe Desmodiinae:

Subtribe Lespedezinae:


  1. ^ M. F. Wojciechowski (2003). "Reconstructing the phylogeny of legumes (Leguminosae): an early 21st century perspective" (PDF). In B. B. Klitgaard & A. Bruneau. Advances in Legume Systematics, part 10, Higher Level Systematics. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 5–35. ISBN 1-84246-054-4. 
  2. ^ "Desmodieae". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. January 17, 2003. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
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