Saturday, December 17, 2016

Trifolium repens (White Clover) - Non-Native

 7/8/16 Lundy Canyon Trail, Inyo National Forest, 
Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

7/8/16 Lundy Canyon Trail

7/8/16 Lundy Canyon Trail


COMMON NAME: White Clover

SPECIES: Trifolium repens

FAMILY: Fabaceae (Pea Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 7/8/2016

LOCATION: Lundy Canyon Trail, Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Perennial, generally ± glabrous

Stem creeping, rooting

Leaves cauline from ground level, clearly alternate or clustered (from lack of stem elongation); stipules white-membranous; petioles >> blades; leaflets 0.5–2.5 cm, obovate

Inflorescence umbel-like, 1–2.5 cm wide; pedicel 1–3 mm; flowers becoming reflexed

Flower: calyx 3–6 mm, lobes tapered, all or lower > tube; corolla 7–11 mm, white

Seeds 3–4

Ecology: Agricultural, disturbed, urban areas

Elevation: especially < 1500 m.  

Bioregional distribution: California Floristic Province, Great Basin Floristic Province, especially n 

Distribution outside California: n US; native to Eurasia

Flowering time: Apr–Dec

Important forage crop.

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