Low Hop Clover (Trifolium procumbens)
The second photo shows the open barren soils that this species requires.
I saw this in the parking lot as I began my survey. It did indeed bring me good luck. So good that I am not allowed to tell you what I found!
Clover (Trifolium), or trefoil, is a genus of about 300 species of plants in the leguminous pea family Fabaceae. The genus has a cosmopolitan distribution; the highest diversity is found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, but many species also occur in South America and Africa, including at high altitudes on mountains in the tropics. They are small annual, biennial, or short-lived perennial herbaceous plants. The leaves are trifoliate (rarely 5- or 7-foliate), with stipules adnate to...