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Walking his dog Jacquie to the Observer office, Walt Hardinge found a four-leaf clover. Most of them were the famed four-leaf clovers, a harbinger of luck and preternatural sight.

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Not even looking. Sure enough, I actually did. Hardinge ran inside to press his lucky find, and over the course of the next few weeks found 10 more. He pressed all his clovers in a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records , and then forgot about finding clovers for a while.

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Just like he did 47 years ago, Hardinge brushed his hands through the clovers in the grass. And just like that, Hardinge found another four-leaf clover.

A description from says that four-leaf clovers were "gathered at night-time during the full moon by sorceresses, who mixed it with vervain and other ingredients, while young girls in search of a token of perfect happiness made quest of the plant by day" [3]. The first reference to luck might be from an year-old girl, who wrote in an letter to St.

Nicholas Magazine , "Did the fairies ever whisper in your ear, that a four-leaf clover brought good luck to the finder?

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It is claimed that there are approximately 10, three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover. Even so, this probability has not deterred collectors who have reached records as high as , four-leaf clovers in a lifetime. However, the world record for four-leaf clovers in a single day is at least , with the record for one hour being , set by an American named Katie Borka on June 23, Clovers can have more than four leaves. Five-leaf clovers are less commonly found naturally than four-leaf clovers; [9] [10] however, they, too, have been successfully cultivated.

It is debated whether the fourth leaf is caused genetically or environmentally. Its relative rarity 1 in 5, clovers [6] suggests a possible recessive gene appearing at a low frequency.

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Alternatively, four-leaf clovers could be caused by somatic mutation or a developmental error of environmental causes. They could also be caused by the interaction of several genes that happen to segregate in the individual plant. It is possible all four explanations could apply to individual cases.

This means that multiple four-leaf clovers could be found in the same clover plant. Researchers from the University of Georgia have reported finding the gene that turns ordinary three-leaf clovers into the coveted four-leaf types. Masked by the three-leaf gene and strongly influenced by environmental condition, molecular markers now make it possible to detect the presence of the gene for four-leaves and for breeders to work with it.

The other leaf traits, the red fleck mark and red midrib, a herringbone pattern that streaks down the center of each leaflet in a bold red color, were mapped to nearby locations, resolving a century-old question as to whether these leaf traits were controlled by one gene or two separate genes.

White clover has many genes that affect leaf color and shape, and the three in the study were very rare. These traits can be quite attractive, particularly if combined with others, and can turn clover into an ornamental plant for use in flower beds.

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There are some cultivars of white clover Trifolium repens which regularly produce more than three leaflets, including purple-leaved T. Publish Now. The Luckiest Leaf By W. Curt Vincent Tweet. Size: 8. Buy This Book E-Book.

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