Trifolium wormskioldii Lehm.
Family: Fabaceae
cows clover,  more...
[Lupinaster wormskioldii (Lehm.) K. Presl,  more]
Trifolium wormskioldii image
Max Licher  
Kearney and Peebles 1969, McDougall 1973
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Small, leafy herb, sparsely pilose, to 50 cm long. Leaves: Trifoliate leaves, leaflets oblanceolate to ovate, with a rounded, squared, or broad tips, margins finely toothed, stipules lanceolate with long, pointed tips, 8-20 mm long. Flowers: Generally more than 10, in dense globose heads greater than 10 mm, corollas 8-11 mm long, red, purple, pink, or white, persistent, involucres cleft nearly to the base, the heads 10-20 mm wide, the peduncles often pubescent. Fruits: Small, terete pods with few seeds, indehiscent. Ecology: Found in moist soils and wet areas in coniferous forests and along streams from 6,500-9,000 ft (1891-2743 m); flowering June-October. Notes: Look for this species under Trifolium pinetorum. The key to this species is the long-attenuate stipules. Ethnobotany: The plant was used for medicine, the leaves were used as greens, and to make a cold tea, and the roots were steamed, boiled, or roasted and used as food. Synonyms: Trifolium mucronatum, Trifolium pinetorum, Trifolium willdenovii, many others see Tropicos Editor: LCrumbacher, 2011 Etymology: Trifolium means from the Latin meaning "three-leaved", while wormskioldii refers to Morten Wormskjold (1783-1845), a Danish botanist who led a naval expedition to Greenland in 1813 and made the first major collection of Greenland flora there.