Grona triflora – Creeping Tick Trefoil

Other notes

Other Name Combinations: Desmodium triflorum (WFO, 2023).


Natural History: This is a small herb that grows by roadsides and near rocky areas.


Identification Keys: As per eFlora of China (2023),

  1. G. heterophylla: flower pedicel (stalk) over 1 cm long.
  2. G. triflora: flower pedicel (stalk) less than 1 cm long.



Nitin, R., V. C. Balakrishnan, P. V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. 2018. Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10:11495–11550. DOI:

WFO (2023): World Flora Online. Accessed on 12 Jan 2023. URL:

Flowers of India (2023). Accessed on 12 Jan 2023. URL:

eFlora of China (2023). Accessed on 12 Jan 2023. URL:

Page citation

Kawthankar, N. 2024. Grona triflora (L.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi – Creeping Tick Trefoil. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/04/22.