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photoblog image Dwarf Clover

Dwarf Clover

(Trifolium nanum)

Pea Family 

(Fabaceae)

 

Trifolium nanum is a small species of clover growing in the Rocky Mountains. Often found above the tree line at more than 11,000 feet, it is able to survive extreme conditions such as blizzards and extreme cold. Dwarf clover grows in dense mats to survive in its environment of dry, nutrient poor, rocky terrain. Flowers are pink and pea-shaped, blooming June through August.

 

To survive in the tundra environment, dwarf clover has adopted a growth strategy that is successful for many alpine tundra plants. It grows in ground-hugging mats or sometimes low cushion-like mounds, its small leaves stay compact against the plant’s surface, and its flower buds hide between the leaves until many of them pop out at once to cover the plant with color. The mat or cushion shape helps protect tender parts from frost and high winds, helps retain moisture, and holds in heat.

 

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/trifolium_nanum.shtml

 

 

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 119 copy.jpg

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 112 copy.jpg

 

And we're off to Phoenix (UGH!), for a few days.  This evening out to dinner & dancing with my buddy, Diana- we'll celebrate our birthdays (hers yesterday, mine today...) - then Saturday I have to sit through eight hours of eyeball talk at a continuing medical education thingy in Scottsdale.  Frank will be enjoying himself at the Musical Instrument Museum.  Lucky guy.

 

 

Dwarf Clover

(Trifolium nanum)

Pea Family 

(Fabaceae)

 

Trifolium nanum is a small species of clover growing in the Rocky Mountains. Often found above the tree line at more than 11,000 feet, it is able to survive extreme conditions such as blizzards and extreme cold. Dwarf clover grows in dense mats to survive in its environment of dry, nutrient poor, rocky terrain. Flowers are pink and pea-shaped, blooming June through August.

 

To survive in the tundra environment, dwarf clover has adopted a growth strategy that is successful for many alpine tundra plants. It grows in ground-hugging mats or sometimes low cushion-like mounds, its small leaves stay compact against the plant’s surface, and its flower buds hide between the leaves until many of them pop out at once to cover the plant with color. The mat or cushion shape helps protect tender parts from frost and high winds, helps retain moisture, and holds in heat.

 

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/trifolium_nanum.shtml

 

 

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 119 copy.jpg

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 112 copy.jpg

 

And we're off to Phoenix (UGH!), for a few days.  This evening out to dinner & dancing with my buddy, Diana- we'll celebrate our birthdays (hers yesterday, mine today...) - then Saturday I have to sit through eight hours of eyeball talk at a continuing medical education thingy in Scottsdale.  Frank will be enjoying himself at the Musical Instrument Museum.  Lucky guy.

 

 

comments (26)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 27 Jul 2018, 01:05
Jolis pois de senteur. Bon anniversaire !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Martine! And thank you!!! smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Jul 2018, 05:24
Love the flower's tones.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they pretty! Thanks for commenting, Ray!
Lovely shots Elizabeth, ( cant say nice anymore...:-( )Happy Birthday!!!XX
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank! You can say nice... silly! smile Thank you, My Love!
The seven dwarfs of the mountain, Elizabeth?? smile How beautiful. They make good birthday bouquets for you today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile YES! smile I really love these little bundles of pink - so thought they'd be good for my B-Day!
Thank you!!!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 27 Jul 2018, 06:11
Busy time, Elizabeth, but good you are posting your lovely mountain flowers
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Busy weekend, anyway! smile I'm glad you're enjoying them!
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 27 Jul 2018, 06:14
First of all, Happy birthday, Elizabeth and have a great celebration. And at the medical education thingy, don't roll your eyes too much, they might fall out wink...
As for the pictures, what a delightful colourly flowers there are on that altitude... wow. How does Frank do on this altitude??
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Astrid!!
I'll try to keep my eyes in my head!
Isn't it amazing the color these tundra flowers come up with!
Frank did pretty well. He got winded only a couple of times, but I was impressed!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 27 Jul 2018, 06:22
Excellent. A real specialist plant then
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It seems many of them are!
  • Anne
  • Franc
  • 27 Jul 2018, 06:27
Magnifique!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Anne!!!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 27 Jul 2018, 06:44
Again a lovely photograph.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, kindly, Chad!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 27 Jul 2018, 06:51
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIZABETH.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: THANK YOU! smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jul 2018, 06:53
It is amazing how these pretty things can survive in such hostile conditions.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I agree - I think they're literally awe-some! smile
Merci pour les explications sur ce Tréfle nain
Joyeux anniversaires a vous deux , surtout que la fête soit belle !
Bonne journée
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're welcome, Claudine!
And thank you so much - I had a wonderful birthday!
It's a beauty and might even smell good. That mountain air has such a wonderful smell!

Enjoy Seattle!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - I bet you're right! I LOVE the smell of forests and mountains! smile
Thank you!
You know I meant Phoenix, I hope. My fingers/brain!!!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Of course you did... smile
It was hotter than Hades - and we're glad to be back up in the pines tonight!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Jul 2018, 11:18
Congratulation on your birthday. I see you've received the dwarf clover I sent you. Enjoy the day and the weekend as well.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you kindly - and yes, it was very thoughtful of you! Thanks so much, Louis! smile
Happy Birthday Ellie.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Michael! XOX
THat last image is so clever!!!! Beautiful color and light on the clover. Happy Birthday!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ruthie! I thought it might be good to show the actual altitude! smile
Thanks for the birthday wishes!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 27 Jul 2018, 12:45
Gorgeous flowers that you've captured here!! May you have a very enjoyable birthday!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Steven!
I did have a great day!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Jul 2018, 14:24
Happy birthday to you!! Hope you are having a wonderful day.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, thank you, Anne!!!
Had a great day, thanks!
Another fine set of pictures of those beautiful wild flowers. Happy Birthday, all the best people have got birthdays this week haven't they smile We had a great time on my birthday theatre break last night, the show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, if you know of it, was brilliant and the hotel, which I've featured on here a couple of times, was very good indeed, and only 30 minutes from home.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Brian!
Yes they do! smile
I'm so glad you enjoyed the show - I do know that one - it's just terrific!
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Jul 2018, 15:48
Happy Birthday Elizabeth - a beautiful shot to celebrate with!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, kindly, Paul!
they are a beautiful flower Elizabeth... thanks for sharing them at 12100ft...
have a great time dining and dancing with your friend Diana...

Happy Birthday to you both....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Peter! Isn't that fun!
We did have a great time!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Jul 2018, 18:25
First of all, Happy birthday to you, and enjoy the days in Phoenix! 'Dinner and dancing'- this sounds like joy of life!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Philine!!! Yes, indeed - you're right
  • Harry
  • USA
  • 27 Jul 2018, 20:31
delicate and delightful
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Nicely put, Harry! Thank you!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 28 Jul 2018, 01:16
a new variety to me

it's beautiful !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh good!
Thank you!
Great shots... those meetings can be wearying...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Larry! Yes they can... but they must be done... smile

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