Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dwarf Clover

Dwarf Clover (Trifolium nanum) is the smallest of the 95 species of clover that grow in the United States. This year, I found this species growing all over the route to Mt. Sniktau. It seemed to be most prolific at altitudes between 12,000 and 13,000 ft.

Like most alpine plants, Dwarf Clover survives by growing in tight mats close to the ground that help it retain moisture and heat. The blooms also stay hidden until the last minute, when they pop out all at once.

I have hiked the Mt. Sniktau trail 4 times now, and this is the first year I have seen this flower.

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