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Five Leaf Clover?

Posted by suumms Central FL (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 11, 14 at 13:05

I think I may have found a five leaf clover. The image on the left is of the common clover in my garden, while the one on the right has five leaves. I just wonder if it is truly a clover because of the red veins. I did not see any red veined leaves when I Googled images of clovers. Can anyone confirm or deny? Thank you!

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RE: Five Leaf Clover?

Neither of the plants is a true clover, i.e. Trifolium species. They are both Oxalis. It's impossible to say for certain what species from a single leaf. But in your neck of the woods it could well be the invasive Bermuda Buttercup, Oxalis Pes-caprae. The leaves have purple spots.The 5 leaf red-veined one is probably just an aberration due to some form of stress - chemical, cultural or disease-based.

RE: Five Leaf Clover?

I have a lawn with quite a bit of white clover (Trifolium repens, aka Dutch clover) as well as an acre of pasture where both white clover and a larger red clover are common. The pasture was most recently horse grazing; prior to that, it was farmed; and before that, it was an apple orchard, as was the land to the south of me. White clover used to be planted under fruit trees to attract bees. I'm not sure about the red clover.

I've seen white clover with up to 7 leaflets. Sometimes a half leaflet will grow vertically from the vein in a leaflet. Other weird stuff also (for example, the lower half of a leaflet is normal, but the upper part of the leaflet is doubled).

Sometimes it seems to be a one-time mistake. Other times a plant will grow a significant percentages of 4-leaf clovers, and often a few larger ones as well.

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