Trifolium semipilosum Fresen.

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Trifolium semipilosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 2, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Trifolium semipilosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 2, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Trifolium semipilosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 2, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Trifolium semipilosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda Camp, staff area, Nyika National Park

Trifolium semipilosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda Camp, staff area, Nyika National Park

Trifolium semipilosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda Camp, staff area, Nyika National Park

Trifolium semipilosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda Camp, staff area, Nyika National Park

Trifolium semipilosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda Camp, staff area, Nyika National Park

Trifolium semipilosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda Camp, staff area, Nyika National Park

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Description: Perennial herb with hairy prostrate stems, often rooting at the nodes. Leaves trifoliolate with leaflets orbicular-obovate or elliptic-oblong, rounded or more or less emarginate at the apex, hairless above but with silky hairs on the lateral leaflets beneath, sometimes only on the midrib; margins more or less faintly toothed; petiole quite long, hairless or silky hairy. Flowers depressed globose on a silky hairy peduncle longer than the leaves. Flowers white, tinged pink or purple-red.
Notes: The variety listed for Zimbabwe as cultivated is var. glabrescens J.B. Gillett. This variety differs in the more obovate-emarginate leaflets with larger, sharper teeth on the margin and with a few hairs only on the midrib beneath.
Derivation of specific name: semipilosum: somewhat hairy or pilose.
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Worldwide distribution: Yemen, Eritrea, Ethiopia Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and northern Malawi.
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 169. (Includes a picture).

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 49 - 50.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Trifolium semipilosum
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Trifolium semipilosum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Trifolium semipilosum
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Trifolium semipilosum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=197300, retrieved 23 September 2021

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