Trifolium gracilentum

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Trifolium gracilentum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Trifolieae
Genus: Trifolium
Species: T. gracilentum
Binomial name
Trifolium gracilentum
Torr. & A.Gray

Trifolium gracilentum is a species of clover known by the common names pinpoint clover. It is native to western North America including the west coast of the United States and northwestern Mexico, where it grows in many types of habitat, including disturbed areas. It is an annual herb growing prostrate to erect in form with mostly hairless or slightly hairy herbage. The leaves are made up of lance-shaped to oval leaflets. The inflorescence is an umbel of flowers that spread out or flex downward. The flowers have pink or purple corollas less than a centimeter long.

One variety of this species, var. palmeri, is a rare plant limited to the Channel Islands of California; it is sometimes treated as a species in its own right, Trifolium palmeri.[1]

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Trifolium gracilentum is often discussed as comprising two varieties. These are:

  • T. gracilentum var. gracilentum
  • T. gracilentum var. palmeri

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