Common name: Yellow Suckling Clover
Trifolium dubium Sibth. APNI*
Description: Procumbent or ascending annual, glabrous or sparsely hairy; branches to 40 cm long.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate or obcordate, 8–10 mm long, 4–7 mm wide, 1.4–2 times as long as broad, toothed.
Inflorescences 6–7 mm long, 8–9 mm diam., 3–20-flowered, axillary; peduncle longer than subtending leaf. Flowers on pedicels to 1 mm long, erect or deflexed after anthesis. Calyx tube 5-veined, unchanged in pod; throat glabrous, open; teeth unequal, spiny, erect in pod. Corolla c. 4 mm long, longer than calyx, yellow, persistent. Pod ± globose, c. 2 mm long, 1-seeded, included in calyx.
Distribution and occurrence: Widely naturalized, a common lawn weed. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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