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Whip-root Clover - Trifolium dasyphyllum

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Subacaulescent perennial from a heavy taproot and branched crown . Stems ascending, 1–3 cm. Herbage strigose to sericeous. Leaflets narrowly lanceolate to oblanceolate, entire, 7–20 mm long; stipules awn-tipped, ca. 10 mm long. Racemes globose, terminal, 10–25 mm long, long-pedunculate, not involucrate. Flowers yellow and purple, 10–15 mm long; calyx villous; sepals linear, 3–9 mm long, the lower the longest. Legume pubescent, 4–6 mm long with 1 to 3 seeds (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
MT to UT and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 10

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Martin, S.A. 1985. Ecology of the Rock Creek bighorn sheep herd, Beartooth Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 152 p.
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