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Large-Head Clover
(Big-Head Clover)

Trifolium macrocephalum



First Noted by Expedition
April 17, 1806, at The Dalles, Oregon.
 

Description
An unusual low clover with large round heads of red to deep pink "pea flowers." Leaves palmately compound, with 3-9 leaflets, each 0.3-1 in (0.8-3 cm) long, thick, leathery, with teeth on edges.
Flower heads 1.3-2 in (3.1-5 cm) wide; calyx teeth feathery. Height: 4-12 in (10-30 cm).
 

Habitat
Sagebrush deserts and pine woods.
 

Range
Eastern Washington to east-central California, western Nevada and Idaho.
 

Note
The name Trifolium, referring to the trio of leaflets, is contradicted in this species, which usually has six to nine.

Species information from enature.com
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