Trifolium nanum

(Dwarf Clover)


Trifolium nanum, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 0905


Trifolium nanum, Shrine Ridge Trail, Eagle Co. 7000


Trifolium nanum, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 5915


Trifolium nanum, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 9389

Scientific Name Trifolium nanum USDA PLANTS Symbol TRNA2
Common Name Dwarf Clover, Deer Clover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26296
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine (10500 to 14200 ft.); gravelly soils in meadows, slopes and tundra.
Plant: Short, mat-forming perennial up to 2 inches tall, smooth, leafless stems.
Leaves: Basal fleshy, sharply pointed composite leaves divided into 3 obovate to oblanceolate, folded leaflets 3/8 inches long or less; slightly-toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Clusters of 1 to 3 flowers, lavender/purple banner, pink-lavender wings and keel.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, and American Southwest.
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