Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Buffalo Clover
Trifolium reflexum
Family: Fabaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G3G4
State Rank: S1S2

Prairies and disturbed openings either associated with forests or opportunistically in fields or well-drained sites.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early May to mid August.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Pink to red flowers are pedicellate (on stems) in the clover heads and the flowering stems arising from the axils of stem leaves. Plants do not produce stolons. Leaflets are narrow in shape. Calyx lobes more than twice as long as the corolla tube.

Timber removal may be beneficial and even needed to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity of the population is necessary to avoid impacts from timber operations. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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