Red Clover
Trifolium pratense

f14 @ 1/100s, Nikon D3S w 100mm macro and qty 2 SR-R200 flashes


"Trifolium pratense," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Trifolium pratense, the red clover, is a herbaceous species of flowering plant in the bean family Fabaceae, native to Europe, Western Asia and northwest Africa, but planted and naturalized in many other regions. It is a herbaceous, short-lived perennial plant, variable in size, growing to 2080 cm tall. It has a profound taproot which makes it tolerant to drought and gives it a good soil structuring effect. The leaves are alternate, trifoliate (with three leaflets), each leaflet 1530 mm long and 815 mm broad, green with a characteristic pale crescent in the outer half of the leaf; the petiole is 14 cm long, with two basal stipules that are abruptly narrowed to a bristle-like point. The flowers are dark pink with a paler base, 1215 mm long, produced in a dense inflorescence, and are mostly visited by bumblebees.
Francis A. Crane Wildlife management Area, East Falmouth, Massachusetts
 
06/14/2018