Fabaceae: Pea Family — Trifolium (Clover) : Heads with an involucre
Clovers are common, small plants, sometimes with subtle differences. In reading a description of a clover, it is important to remember that the flower head is made up of many small individual flowers so, for example, if a description says that the calyx lobe is longer than the flower, it is the individual flower one must examine, not the whole head. The task of identifying clovers is simplified by looking to see if they have an involucre, (bracts at the base of the head which are fused to form a cup, bowl or wheel). About 40% of the clovers found in Monterey County have involucres; interestingly all of these are native. None of the non-native clovers found in the county have involucres. This page covers the plants with involucres, all native.