SEA CLOVER

Trifolium squamosum

Pea Family [Fabaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8lilac
flower
flower8white
morph
morph8zygo
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZclustered
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZscarce

18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The flowerheads of Sea Clover (large patch towards the top) are like miniature Red Clovers except paler (here nearly white). Other larger clovers are scattered about the edge of the photo.


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Here mostly white but with pinkish tinges.


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The flowerheads are between 10 to 20mm across, on short stalks and ovoidal in shape.


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
One flowerhead turning to fruit, the other in full flower.


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Stems sparsely hairy; these two upper ones are in fruit.


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
A shortly stalked flowerhead with white to pinkish flowers. The leaflets are oblanceolate to oblong-linear.


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The flowerheads of several plants clustered together.


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Two leaves with 3 leaflets apiece almost opposite near the top of the stem.


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The individual flowers do not open very much and are between 7 to 9mm long (but can be as short as 5mm).


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Some florets turning to fruit on the left.


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
All petals vacated and the pointed sepal teeth splaying outwards to various degrees. They are assymetrical with one sepal-tooth longer than all the others. The two remaining are in opposing pairs but with the pair opposite the sole longest sepal tooth being fused higher up than all the other sepal teeth.


18th June 2012, causeway bank, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
A pair of bracts flank the two upper leaves.


It is a [RR] scarce plant which grows by the sea on short turf which is often brackish with salt spray. It is hemi-salt tolerant. It is found in North to South Wales, North Lincolnshire and Guernsey.


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SEA CLOVER

Trifolium squamosum

Pea Family [Fabaceae]