Mountain clover, also called cow clover, is a
glabrous perennial with ascending or decumbent stems. The leaves
are 3-foliate and the leaflets are oblanceolate to widely oblanceolate
with finely-toothed margins. The fairly large stipules are laciniately
toothed. The flower is in a dense globular cluster subtended by
a flat, green involucre, which is broad, ± lobed and then toothed.
The numerous flowers are pea-like with white to light purple banners
and purple wings and keel. Mountain clover prefers mostly moist
habitats below 8000', in montane coniferous forest and below, and occasionally
in the desert. It is variable and blooms from May to October.
These pictures were taken in the Fish Creek area of the San Bernardino
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Trifolium
Pronunciation: try-FO-lee-um worm-skee-OLD-ee-eye.
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