Trifolium repens L.

White Clover

Prostrate perennial rhizomatous herb rooting at the nodes. Leaves palmately 3-lobed. Leaflets obovate to orbicular, to 4 cm long, 3 cm wide, hairless and with a pale crescent on the upper surface, the margins minutely toothed. Flowers of more than 20 flowers, flat-topped or in a head 1.5-3.5 cm wide, individual flowers 4-13 mm long, white, yellow or pink. Fruit pod linear-oblong, 4-6 mm long; seeds 3-4.

A common component of lawn seed mixes included for nitrogen fixation. Cultivars include 'Grasslands Demand', 'Grasslands Kopu', 'Grasslands Prestige' and 'Grasslands Tahora'.

Europe, Middle East, N Africa.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Fabaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fabales
family       Fabaceae
genus        Trifolium L.