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"And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day" (Genesis 1:31)
Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
- Hop Clover (Trifolium dubium) -
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(Hop Clover - 01) Hop clover is a member of the pea family. There are only four species of yellow clover in the United States, mostly concentrated along the Pacific Coast. We believe that this species of hop clover is Trifolium dubium, but we had a hard time distinguishing it from other species of hop clover. From looking at government and university web sites, it seems as though they use the names interchangeably, since the photos and descriptions appear to be the same.
(Hop Clover - 02) The actual size of this composite hop clover flower cluster is only about one-fourth inch in diameter. One of the interesting and distinguishable aspects of the hop clover is its ridged, or pleated flower petals; however, we could not see them until we magnified the flowers.
(Hop Clover - 03) This is a side view of the hop clover with its branching stem, palmate leaves with three leaflets, and flower cluster.
(Hop Clover - 03a) In this close-up photo of the hop clover leaves, we can see the top of one and the bottom of the other. Behind the upper leaf is a new hop clover bud.
(Hop Clover - 03b) In this bee's eye side view of the a hop clover flower cluster, we can see the lower flowers beginning to fade as the seeds ripen. This also allows us to more clearly see the individual flowers of the hop clover's flowering head.
(Hop Clover - 05) This is another close-up of a hop clover flower cluster.
(Hop Clover - 06) We could not find an accurate description of the hop clover flowers. It appears that each flower has a larger upper petal that forms a hood over the flower, with either one folded petal or two smaller petals underneath.
(Hop Clover - 07) Even in this bee's eye close-up, where we can see the cell structure of the petals, we can not fully identify all the individual flower components.
(Hop Clover - 08) We find the intricate and beautiful detail of something this small to be truly amazing. The hop clover is another example of the Creator's artistry.
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