Trifolium badium (NL: Bruine klaver / EN: Brown Clover / DE: Braun-Klee, Alpen-Braun-Klee / FR: Trèfle bai, Trèfle brun) This central and south European species occurs in the Alps, in the subalpine and alpine zone. It grows in moist meadows, pastures and alpine meadows. In the cooler parts of the Alps, it is found on alkaline soils, in warmer regions almost solely on lime-deficient soils. The head-like inflorescences contains about up to 60 tiny flowers. First the flowers are golden yellow. After withering, the yellow flags of the flower will turn brown and then enlarge. The withered petals remain on the flower and help to distribute the seeds.
Image: Canazei (IT) - 12/07/2011
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