Friday, December 9, 2016

Trifolium workskioldii (Cow's Clover)

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

7/8/16 Lundy Canyon Trail

7/8/16 Lundy Canyon Trail


COMMON NAME: Cow's Clover

SPECIES: Trifolium wormskioldii

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, cespitose or not, glabrous

Stem decumbent or ascending

Leaves generally basal; lower stipules bristle-tipped; upper stipules wide, toothed or sharply lobed; leaflets 1–3 cm, narrowly elliptic to widely ovate

Inflorescence head-like, included or exserted from leaves, 2–3 cm wide; involucre wheel-like, segments or lobes many

Flower: calyx 7–11 mm, lobes tapered, tips bristled; corolla 12–16 mm, pink-purple or magenta, tip white

Fruit: stalk-like base 0–1 mm

Seeds 2–4

Ecology: Beaches to mtn meadows, ridges, generally open moist or marshy places

Elevation: < 3200 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley, Central Western California, South Coast, Peninsular Ranges, East of Sierra Nevada 

Distribution outside California: to British Columbia, Wyoming, New Mexico, Mexico

Flowering time: May–Oct

The only involucred per sp. in Pacific coast states; including matted, rhizomed form (dry coastal sands); lush, long-stemmed form (lower to middle elevations); slender, often tiny form (middle to higher elevations)

Horticultural information: IRR or WET, SUN: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17.

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