Description from Flora of China
Desmodium sect. Podocarpium Bentham in Miquel, Pl. Jungh. 226. 1852; Podocarpium (Bentham) Y. C. Yang & P. H. Huang (1979), not A. Braun ex Stizenberger (1851), nor Unger (1864).
Perennial herbs or herbaceous subshrubs. Leaves pinnately compound, 3-7-foliolate; leaflets entire or slightly undulate; stipules and stipels present. Racemes terminal, or axillary and terminal, rarely lax panicles, usually 2- or 3-flowered at each node; bracts present; bracteoles often absent. Calyx broadly campanulate, 4- or 5-lobed (upper lobes fully connate when 4-lobed or minutely 2-toothed at apex when 5-lobed). Standard shortly clawed at base; wings and keel clawed. Stamens monadelphous. Ovary long stipitate or slightly shortly stipitate. Legume 2-5-jointed, lower suture very deeply incised nearly to upper one between articles, upper suture straight or shallowly undulate; articles obliquely triangular or slightly broadly subobovate. Seed without rim-aril; cotyledons hypogeous.
Fourteen species: mostly in E Asia, three in North America; ten species (three endemic) in China.
(Authors: Huang Puhua (黄普华 Huang Pu-hwa); Hiroyoshi Ohashi)