Trifolium species

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Dwarf Clover (Trifolium nanum) 

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Scientific Name Trifolium dasyphyllum USDA PLANTS Symbol
TRDA2
Common Name Alpine Clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
26236
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Alpine; tundra, gravelly slopes.
Plant: Clumpy, mat-forming perennial up to 5 inches tall, slender, leafless stems.
Leaves: Basal composite leaves divided into 3 narrow obovate to narrowly lanceolate, folded leaflets 3/8 to 1-1/8 inches long.
Inflorescence: Ball-like clusters of 10 to 30 small flowers with white to light-pink banner, pink-lavender wings and keel.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Trifolium nanum USDA PLANTS Symbol
TRNA2
Common Name Dwarf Clover, Deer Clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
26296
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine; tundra, meadows, gravelly slopes.
Plant: Short, mat-forming perennial up to 2 inches tall, smooth, leafless stems.
Leaves: Basal fleshy, sharply pointed composite leaves divided into 3 obovate to oblanceolate, folded leaflets 3/8 inches long or less; slightly-toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Clusters of 1 to 3 flowers, lavender/purple banner, pink-lavender wings and keel.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, and www.americansouthwest.net.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Trifolium parryi USDA PLANTS Symbol
TRPA5
Common Name Parry's Clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
26304
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine; along streams and open, moist areas.
Plant: Perennial 2 to 8 inches high, smooth leafless stems.
Leaves: Basal composite leaves divided into 3 obovate to elliptic leaflets 3/8 to 1-inch long; toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Round clusters of 15 to 20 reddish-lavender to purple flowers, each 1/2-inch long.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, www.americansouthwest.net.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Trifolium pratense USDA PLANTS Symbol
TRPR2
Common Name Red Clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
26313
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine; roadsides, fields and disturbed areas.
Plant: Perennial 8 to 36 inches high, smooth leafless stems.
Leaves: Basal composite leaves divided into 3 ovate, elliptic or obovate leaflets 3/4 to 1-3/8 inch long; greenish-white V-shaped marking on leaflets; toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Round clusters 3/4 to 1-1/8 inch across with 50 to 200 small pink to purple elongated flowers.
References: Descr. adapted from "Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and www.americansouthwest.net.
Colorado Status
Introduced



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