Common name: Subterranean Clover
Trifolium subterraneum L. APNI*
Description: Prostrate annual sparsely hairy to glabrescent; branches to 30 cm long.
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate to wide-obcordate, 8–20 mm long and wide, about as long as broad, finely toothed.
Inflorescences globose or obovoid, c. 10 mm long and diam.; peduncle longer than subtending leaf. Flowers sessile. Calyx tube many-veined, distended in pod; throat glabrous, open; teeth subequal, blunt, recurved in pod. Corolla 8–14 mm long, longer than calyx, white with pink stripes, not persistent. Pod ovoid, c. 3 mm long, 1-seeded, exserted from calyx; fruiting heads deflexed and penetrating the ground.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Eur. & Medit.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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