Trifolium campestre Schreb. - Yellow Clover

Trifolium campestre plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Trifolium campestre stipules

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Trifolium campestre flowers

Trifolium campestre fruitsFruiting plant.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Fallow fields, waste ground, lawns, pastures, open woods, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Eurasia and Africa.

Other info. - This little species was originally brought to North America as fodder and for soil improvement. The plant has spread rapidly and is found throughout most of Missouri. This species is easily confused with other species and genera from the family Fabaceae. A few distinguishing characters for this species are:
Persistent corollas which turn brown upon drying (see picture above).
Straight, non-coiled fruits.
Terete stems.
Yellow flowers.
Many flowers (+/-25) per inflorescence.
Entire stipules.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 5-20-02, and off Lee Rd 27, Auburn, AL., 5-2-05.


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