A Plainer Clover

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Not far from the dramatic Crimson Clover, on the eastern slope just north of the flare station, lies a stretch of its plainer sister: smaller, rounder, mostly pink clover blossoms about a half to three quarters of an inch in diameter.  There are about 300 recognized varieties of clover, and I can’t say with any certainty which label fits this one.  The most common variety is trifolium repens or Dutch Clover.  However, the Dutch is mostly white, whereas this patch in the park is almost entirely pink, with just a few white outliers.  The main thing that troubles me is that the stems of the Dutch variety, as well as of the similar Red or Pink Clover (trifolium pratense) appear in photos as smooth and hairless.  This clover in the park, by contrast, is quite fuzzy both on the stems and on the leaves and flowers.  It may be hare’s foot clover (rabbits foot clover, stone clover, oldfield clover) a/k/a trifolium arvense. But the flowers resemble Dutch or Red Clover more than they resemble arvense.  So, I’m baffled.  The online Pl@nt.net app, so helpful with some other species, struck out on this one.  Dear reader: if you can identify this plant with confidence please write me c/o the Contact Form on this website.  Thanks!

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