Fabaceae (Bean) Family
Field Clover is also known as Hop Trefoil and Low Hop Trefoil.
This clover is an annual herbaceous plant which is also a stipulate (a small structure on the base of the leaf stalk or stem). Its preferred habitat is old fields, open meadows, and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The plant is three-leaved and can be found between April-October. One important factor that may distinguish this clover from others is that the terminal leaflet is distinctly stalked. The petioles (stems) are usually shorter than the leaflets. The leaflets are toothed, elllipsoid to oblong in shape. The stems are erect and measure three to five inches long. The plant has many branched stems that are of a hairy texture. Each plant produces 20 to 40 flowers per head and each flower has a stem.
Field clover is an introduced plant to North America. It has become naturalized and is the Escambia region is common from Florida to Eastern Texas. This is a plant of Eurasia and North Africa; spreading to most temperate regions of the world.