field clover

(Trifolium campestre)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNA - Not applicable

SNA - Not applicable

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The leaflets do not have any white markings. The lateral leaflets are unstalked or nearly unstalked and the terminal leaflet is conspicuously long stalked. The flowers are yellow. The top petal (keel) is grooved. After flowering the petals remain on the plant and become brown or nearly white and papery. The seedpod is dull brown and straight, not coiled.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

4 to 16

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

Yellow

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

Black medick (Medicago lupulina) flower heads are smaller. The top keel is smooth, not grooved. The petals drop off after flowering. The mature seedpod is black and coiled.

Golden clover (Trifolium aureum) terminal leaflet is unstalked.

 
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Moist or moderately moist. Abandoned fields, roadsides, trails, waste places. Full or partial sun.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

May to August

 
     
 
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Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 22, 28, 29.

 
  8/25/2015      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native to Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. Introduced and naturalized in North America

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (dicots)  
  Subclass Rosidae  
  Superorder Rosanae  
 

Order

Fabales (legumes, milkworts, and allies)  
 

Family

Fabaceae (peas, legumes)  
  Subfamily Faboideae (Papilionoideae)  
  Tribe

Trifolieae

 
  Genus Trifolium (clover)  
  Subgenus Chronosemium  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Several of the Trifolium species that occur in Minnesota have had two or more subspecies and/or varieties described. For all of these species, the infrataxa are recognized by GRIN but not by ITIS or USDA PLANTS.

Three varieties of field clover have been described. The nominate variety, var. campestre, has yellow corollas and occurs across North America. The other two varieties have purplish corollas and may be restricted to their native ranges. USDA PLANTS recognizes var. minus, but provides no distribution information.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Trifolium procumbens

Trifolium campestre var. campestre

Trifolium campestre var. minus

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

big hop clover

field clover

field hop clover

great hop trefoil

hop clover

large hop clover

lesser hop clover

low hop clover

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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