Fabaceae (Pea) Family
Plant is a small and weak annual herb. Stems may be decumbent to upright that reach heights of 18-30 inches; smooth to the touch and forms lush clumps. Preferred habitat is alluvial soils and moist meadows. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are in sets of three with conspicuous stipules at leaf base. Leaflets are nearly stalkless; about 3/4 inches long and at least two times longer than wide.
Flowers are in small pinkish heads; few to a clump; rarely more than one per flowering stem; rose to pale purple standard which is longer than the flower keel and wings.
Fruit is thin, papery, hairy pod (legume). Flowering occurs in the spring (sometimes longer depending on an early spring).
According to Prof. Clair Brown of Louisiana State University the seeds came to the coastal region with the White Dutch Clover, was impossible to mechanically separate and thus became established when the latter was seeded to prevent soil erosion. A combination of the two is now widely planted.