Trifolium repens (collected 1974 in Louisiana), aka white clover
by Mason Heberling
What is a shamrock? There is no overwhelming scientific consensus on
which species is the well-known Irish national emblem. There was survey of
Irish botanists in the early 1890s asking which species was the true shamrock. A
similar survey was repeated in 1988. The results suggest the shamrock is either
Trifolium dubium (aka lesser
trefoil) or Trifolium repens (aka
The plants commonly sold around St. Patrick’s Day as shamrocks or
four-leaf clovers are in the plant genus Oxalis (wood sorrel), which belong to
different plant family than true clovers.
Trifolium dubium (collected 1961 in Pennsylvania), aka lesser
(collected 1981 in India), aka lucky clover, although not a true clover
Oxalis debilis (collected 1989 in cultivation), aka pink woodsorrel
Mason Heberling is a postdoctoral research associate at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Museum employees are encouraged to blog about their unique experiences working with museum collections.
When speaking to various characters in Katawa Shoujo, their placement and size are often changed to reflect their current role and relationship in the conversation- they are larger when they are speaking loudly or confiding in you, smaller when they are less engaged or on the fringes, etc. Doing this, rather than fading them out as many visual novels tend to do, keeps every character relevant to the conversation, and conveys more information in the limited format.