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Trifolium depauperatum  Desv.
Cowbag clover,   Dwarf sack clover,   Pale sack clover
Trifolium depauperatum is an annual herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
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Genus: Trifolium
Family: Fabaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Communities: Mixed Evergreen Forest, Valley Grassland, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Trifolium depauperatum from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Range, Habitat, Description, Subspecies: Trifolium depauperatum is a species of clover known by the common names cowbag clover,[1] poverty clover,[2] and balloon sack clover. Distribution The plant is native to western North America from British Columbia to California, as well as to western South America in Peru and Chile. It is a common plant of many types of habitat, including coastal prairie and mixed evergreen forest.[3] Description Trifolium depauperatum is a small annual herb growing upright or decumbent in form. The leaves are made up of oval leaflets up to 2 centimeters long which are smooth, toothed, lobed, or blunt-tipped. The inflorescence is a head of flowers up to 1.5 centimeters long. The flower has a pinkish purple white-tipped corolla up to a centimeter long. It becomes inflated as the fruit developed. Subspecies Trifolium depauperatum has several varieties, which can include: Trifolium depauperatum var. amplectens - Balloon sack clover, Pale bladder clover.[4] Trifolium depauperatum var. depauperatum - Cowbag clover.[5] Trifolium depauperatum var. hydrophilum Trifolium depauperatum var. truncatum - Dwarf sack clover.[6] (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/22/2024).