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Running Buffalo Clover (Trifolium stoloniferum)

Running Buffalo Clover

Photo by USFWS; Sarena Selbo

 

Status: Endangered, listed June 5, 1987

 

Habitat: Disturbed bottomland meadows; disturbed sites that have shade during part of each day

 

Lead Region: 3

 

Region 3 Lead Office: Ohio Field Office

 

Range: Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia

 

Status: Endangered

 

Running buffalo clover is a perennial plant with leaves divided into 3 leaflets. It is called running buffalo clover because of the stolons, or runners, that extend from the base of erect stems; these stolons are capable of rooting at the nodes to reproduce vegetatively. Flower heads are about 1 inch wide, white, and grow on stems that are 2 to 8 inches long. Each flower head has 2 large opposite leaves below it on the flowering stem. In Ohio, running buffalo clover flowers in May.

 

Natural History, Ecology, and Regulatory Information

Species Profile linked to National USFWS website


Fact sheet


Lead Field Office Site - USFWS Columbus Ohio Field Office

 

Recovery

Running Buffalo Clover 5-Year Review (September 2008)

 

Running Buffalo Clover Revised Recovery Plan (June 2007) PDF

 

Partner's for Running Buffalo Clover Recovery (an article)

 

Section 7 Consultation and Management

Management Recommendations for Running Buffalo Clover in Ohio

 


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Last updated: July 16, 2014