March 5, 2017

MONTANA : Glacier Wildflowers - Springbank Clover

Springbank Clover
Family : FABACEAE  
Genus  : Trifolium

Close-up of the inflorescence of Springbank Clover, Glacier National Park, MONTANA FUJICHROME Velvia 50

 Trifolium wormskioldii (Springbank Clover)

Trifolium wormskioldii is a species of clover. Its common names include cows clover, coast clover, sand clover, seaside clover, springbank clover, and Wormskjold's clover.

This plant native to the western half of North America from Alaska, through California, to Mexico. It grows in many locales, from beaches to mountain ridges, below about 3,200 metres (10,500 ft) in elevation.

Habitats it grows in include chaparral, oak woodland, grassland, yellow pine forest, red fir forest, lodgepole forest, subalpine forest, and wetland−riparian

Trifolium wormskioldii, a legume. is a perennial herb sometimes taking a matlike form, with decumbent or upright stems. The leaves are made up of leaflets measuring 1 to 3 centimeters long. The lower stipules are tipped with bristles and the upper stipules may be toothed.

The rounded inflorescences are 2 or 3 centimeter wide. The sepals are bristle-tipped. The corollas are pinkish purple or magenta with white tips.

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