Trifolium arvense rabbit-foot clover Fabaceae TRAR*; Bx, cm, pb; Q, fr, i, j, tl; K; R, c;

 

Trifolium arvense var. arvense.Corse.commons.wikimedia.org

Trifolium arvense var. arvense.Corse.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 3/2017).

Trifolium arvense is an annual herb, erect, from a taproot, stems to 40 cm tall, branched, softly hairy, stipules to 1 cm, longer than leaf stalks. 

Leaves alternate, 3-parted, leaflets narrow, 1-2 cm. 

Flower grayish-pink, inflorescence a fuzzy-hairy head 1-3 cm long, cylindrical, with many tiny flowers, calyx lobes bristle-like, hairy, longer than petals; blooms May-Sept. 

Fruit a pod enclosed in hairy calyx, seeds yellow, tiny, in fibrous matrix (Levine 1995; Uva et al. 1997). 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Eurasia, N. Africa. 

Habitat: Open, dry, sandy soil and fill. 

Notes: Very often found with Corynphorus canescens (gray hairgrass).