Sunday, August 1, 2010

Arrowleaf Clover (Trifolium vesiculosum)

Trifolium vesiculosum is known by the common name Arrowleaf Clover because of their elongated leaf shape. So far, I’ve only seen it along the road not far from home. It’s important to look at the leaves of any plant suspected to be T. vesiculosum. Some plants of T. repens will develop unusually long flowerheads, especially if they are growing in the shade, and the leaf shape will indicate immediately eliminate T. repens.

The patch.

A closer view of a few flower heads. The elongated leaf shape is also visible in this photograph.

A close up of the flower head composed of rows of small individual flowerlets that open from bottom to top.

Trifolium vesiculosum
(Arrowleaf Clover) is native to southern Europe and, in the United States, grows in the Virginia, the southeastern and the pacific coast states.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Trifolium vesiculosum (Arrowleaf Clover)

Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora: Arrowleaf Clover (Trifolium vesiculosum)

Alabama Plants: Trifolium vesiculosum

Related posts:
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

- Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens)

- Rabbitfoot Clover (Trifolium arvense)

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