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Buffalo Clover (Trifolium reflexum) My favorite clover. This patch was found growing alongside a forested trail near our land.<br />
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Trifolium reflexum is a rare native clover which is globally (G3G4) and locally (S3) vulnerable. Its numbers have plummeted in the past 200 years, possibly due to fire suppression.<br />
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Trifolium reflexum is a rare native clover which is globally (G3G4) and locally (S3) vulnerable. Its numbers have plummeted in the past 200 years, possibly due to fire suppression. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94291/buffalo_clover_trifolium_reflexum.html<br />
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Trifolium reflexum is a rare native clover which is globally (G3G4) and locally (S3) vulnerable. Its numbers have plummeted in the past 200 years, possibly due to fire suppression.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94386/buffalo_clover_trifolium_reflexum.html<br />
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Buffalo Clover (Trifolium reflexum)

My favorite clover. This patch was found growing alongside a forested trail near our land.

Trifolium reflexum is a rare native clover which is globally (G3G4) and locally (S3) vulnerable. Its numbers have plummeted in the past 200 years, possibly due to fire suppression.

Buffalo Clover (Trifolium reflexum) My favorite clover. This patch was found growing alongside a forested trail near our land.<br />
<br />
Trifolium reflexum is a rare native clover which is globally (G3G4) and locally (S3) vulnerable. Its numbers have plummeted in the past 200 years, possibly due to fire suppression. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94291/buffalo_clover_trifolium_reflexum.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94387/buffalo_clover_trifolium_reflexum.html Buffalo clover,Geotagged,Spring,Trifolium reflexum,United States

Buffalo Clover (Trifolium reflexum) My favorite clover. This patch was found growing alongside a forested trail near our land.<br />
<br />
Trifolium reflexum is a rare native clover which is globally (G3G4) and locally (S3) vulnerable. Its numbers have plummeted in the past 200 years, possibly due to fire suppression.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94386/buffalo_clover_trifolium_reflexum.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94291/buffalo_clover_trifolium_reflexum.html Buffalo clover,Geotagged,Spring,Trifolium reflexum,United States

    comments (16)

  1. So beautiful! Were there many of them? Posted 4 months ago
    1. Maybe 12 or so total blooms so far? I'm hoping they will spread a bit so there will be a larger patch next year. I'll definitely gather some seeds. I have to go pull out pine saplings so the power company doesn't spray them though! Posted 4 months ago
      1. Nice! I hope you have luck with them!

        Why do they spray pine saplings??
        Posted 4 months ago
        1. They grow fast and can mess with the powerlines that are along the roadsides. Because of the rugged terrain, they choose to spray rather than use weedeaters :/ Posted 4 months ago
          1. Ohhhh...Something I've never thought about. I love pine trees...just thinking about them makes me wish I had some pine needle tea. Posted 4 months ago
            1. I've actually never made it (and we are surrounded by pines)! Posted 4 months ago
              1. It's a bit bitter, but has a nice citrus/pine flavor. I used to make it over campfires. Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
                1. I've heard it is delicious AND nutritious! <3 Posted 4 months ago
                  1. It has loads of vitamin C! Posted 4 months ago
  2. It is the most beautiful clover I have ever seen. Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thank you SO much! It is a beauty! Posted 4 months ago
  3. Today's Facebook post:

    Look at this beautiful, bright pink clover! Buffalo clover (Trifolium reflexum) is a rare, herbaceous plant that is native to the eastern United States. It grows in woodlands and prairies, often in acidic soil, and in areas associated with natural disturbance.

    Populations of buffalo clover have declined significantly during the past 200 years, possibly due to the suppression of controlled burns. Many legumes, such as buffalo clover, benefit from fire scarification of their seeds. Fire stimulates seed germination and creates an ideal seedbed for successful establishment of seedlings. So, the question remains: Can and will controlled burns be done safely and sustainably so that species, such as buffalo clover, can survive and thrive in their native habitats? Let’s hope so. {Spotted in Georgia, USA by JungleDragon moderator, Lisa Kimmerling} #JungleDragon #Buffaloclover #Trifoliumreflexum

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife/
    Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thank you so much for featuring this underrepresented plant! <3 Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
      1. You're welcome :) Posted 4 months ago
  4. So lucky to see Lisa as it is rare. Absolutely gorgeous little clover, presented to perfection here. Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thank you, Ruth! We are so fortunate to have them growing around our land. I plan on gathering seeds and attempting to help them thrive even more in this area!

      Last year, we even had board members of the Georgia Botanical Society come out to see them as they are such a rare find!
      Posted 4 months ago

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''Trifolium reflexum'', the buffalo clover, is a species of clover native to the Eastern United States. It is found in areas of natural openings including woodlands, glades, and prairies, often in acidic areas. It is an annual or biennial that produces white to dark pink flowers in the late spring.

Similar species: Fabales
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded May 16, 2020. Captured May 13, 2020 10:31 in 234 Oakman Rd NE, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • f/29.0
  • 1/41s
  • ISO125
  • 100mm