Trifolium dubium Sibth.

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Trifolium dubium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main Rd N of Troutbeck nr Cheshire Cottage

Trifolium dubium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main Rd N of Troutbeck nr Cheshire Cottage

Trifolium dubium

Photo: Bart Wursten
Main Rd N of Troutbeck nr Cheshire Cottage

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Synonyms: Trifolium minus Sm.
Common names: Lesser hop-trefoil (English)
Status: Native
Annual or biennial herb, with prostrate or ascending branches, up to 30 cm long. Leaves 3-foliolate with obovate leaflets; petiolule of apical leaflet longer than those of lateral leaflets. Flowers in axillary heads, up to 20-flowered. Flowers yellow, turning yellowish-brown after flowering. Flowerheads cone-shaped after flowering, due to the deflexed old flowers.
Derivation of specific name: dubium: uncertain, doubtful
Habitat: Grassy roadside verges
Altitude range: (metres) 2020 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: A native of Europe and Southwest Asia.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 20 July 2009

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 228.


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Trifolium dubium
African Plant Database: Trifolium dubium
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Trifolium dubium
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Trifolium dubium
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Trifolium dubium
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Trifolium dubium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Trifolium dubium
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Trifolium dubium
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Trifolium dubium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Trifolium dubium
Ispot Southern Africa: Trifolium dubium
JSTOR Plant Science: Trifolium dubium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Trifolium dubium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Trifolium dubium
The Plant List (version 1.1): Trifolium dubium
Tropicos: Trifolium dubium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Trifolium dubium., retrieved 17 December 2017

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