Definition Of Clover
According to Johnson's Encyclopaedia, clover or
trefoil is a plant of the genus Trifolium and the family Leguminosae.
The Standard Dictionary defines it as any one of several species of
plants of the genus Trifolium of the bean family Leguminosae. Viewed
from the standpoint
of the American farmer it may be defined in the
collective sense as a family of plants leguminous in character, which
are unexcelled in furnishing forage and fodder to domestic animals, and
unequaled in the renovating influences which they exert upon land. The
term Trefoil is given because the leaves are divided into three
leaflets. It is also applied to plants not included in the genus, but
belonging to the same order.
The true clovers have their flowers collected into roundish or oblong
heads and in some instances into cone-shaped spikes. The flowers are
small and of several colors in the different varieties, as crimson,
scarlet, pink, blue, yellow and white, according to the variety, and
some are variously tinted. The stems are herbaceous and not twining. The
seeds are inclosed in pods or seed sacks, each of which contains one,
two and sometimes, but not often, three or four seeds. The plants have
tap roots, and in some varieties these go far down into the subsoil. The
roots are also in some varieties considerably branched.
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