This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Florida Dispatch has the following about the Richardsonia scabra:
" 'Originally from the West Indies and Central America. Introduced into South Alabama several years ago, somehow, and now rapdily spreading. It is not a Clover, nor any affinity therewith, but belongs to the Coffee family;
Prof. A. W. Chapman.'
"The above is a description of a plant extensively used for feed, and eagerly devoured by stock in South Alabama and Georgia. It is equally so to Indian clover or beggar weed; continues green until killed by cold weather; can be cut and matured at any time; does not drop its leaves as readily as the Indian clover. This is sometimes called Spanish clover, probably from the supposition that it was introduced by the Spanish vessels trading with this country. It was first introduced into Pensacola, in 1860".