Trifolium dasyphyllum

(Alpine Clover)


Trifolium dasyphyllum, Lower McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 7246


Trifolium dasyphyllum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 1120/1126


Trifolium dasyphyllum, Boreas Pass, Summit Co. 1436


Trifolium dasyphyllum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 1135

Scientific Name Trifolium dasyphyllum USDA PLANTS Symbol TRDA2
Common Name Alpine Clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 35341
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (9700 to 14000 ft.); gravelly soils in meadows, slopes and tundra.
Plant: Clumpy, mat-forming perennial up to 5 inches tall, slender, leafless stems.
Leaves: Basal composite leaves divided into 3 narrow obovate to narrowly lanceolate, folded leaflets 3/8 to 1-1/8 inches long; smooth upper surfaces or with silvery hairs upper and lower.
Inflorescence: Ball-like clusters of 10 to 30 small flowers with white to light-pink banner, pink-lavender wings and keel.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Eastern Colorado Wildflowers.
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