Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rabbitfoot Clover (Trifolium arvense)

Trifolium arvense is known by the common name Rabbitfoot Clover; it is one of five Trifolium species that grow in this area. I’ve only seen it on the dam (segment 5). at Fort Yargo State and along the roadsides in Walton County.

Developing flower heads. Some are white with a distinct pink ‘hairs’; others may be almost pure white. Individual flowers are visible in both photos.

The characteristic leaf arrangement.

A half-developed flowerhead. The flowerlets are arranged in rows.

A fully developed flowerhead with the characteristic ‘rabbitfoot’ appearance.

Trifolium arvense
(Rabbitfoot Clover) is native to Europe but grows widely in the United States and Canada.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Trifolium arvense (Rabbitfoot Clover)

University of North Carolina Herbarium: Trifolium arvense

Identification resources:
- Southeastern Flora: Rabbitfoot Clover (Trifolium arvense)

Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Trifolium arvense
Missouri Plants: Trifolium arvense

Related posts:
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower
- Wildflower Index
- Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens)

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