Finding a four-leaf clover, luck and legends

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I felt quite thrilled as I found these leaves of Four-leaf Clover, and clicked them on February 5, 2018. Why the thrill?

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Here is the entry about Four-leaf Clover. Amongst other things, it says:

The four-leaf clover is a rare variation of the common three-leaf clover. According to tradition, such clovers bring good luck,though it is not clear when or how that tradition got started.

The first reference to luck might be from an 11-year-old girl, who wrote in an 1877 letter to St. Nicholas Magazine, “Did the fairies ever whisper in your ear, that a four-leaf clover brought good luck to the finder?”

It is claimed that there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover, in the wild, However, an actual survey of over 5 million clovers found the real frequency to be closer to 1 in 5000.

Other plants may be mistaken for, or misleadingly sold as, “four-leaf clovers”; for example, Oxalis tetraphylla is a species of wood sorrel with leaves resembling a four-leaf clover.

Some folk traditions assign a different attribute to each leaf of a clover. The first leaf represents hope, the second stands for faith, the third is for love and the fourth leaf brings luck to the finder.

What I photographed might even be the wood sorrel. But since no one seems to be able to tell the difference…I am considering myself lucky!


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Deepa Mohan is a freelance writer and avid naturalist.

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  1. Yes. You are surely lucky, being able to run lots of programs in parallel. Whereas able, capable ones are just seeing ur pix and commenting and cribbing that they could not go.

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