Trifolium dubium Sibth.

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Kent number: 77/19/12
BRC number: 920002081
Common names: Lesser Trefoil
Status: Native
BSBI Species Code: A1
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Further work could be done on taking close-up pictures showing the vegetative differences between this species and Medicago lupulina.

The Plant Crib gives the details as follows:


Vegetatively, these two species can be distinguished as follows:

Medicago lupulina L.: Usually densely hairy, with leaflets which are toothed on the margins and entire to emarginate at the apex but with a small distinct point in the middle; stipule often with small, obtuse teeth.

Trifolium dubium Sibth.: Sparsely hairy to glabrous and has leaflets which are toothed on the margins and entire to emarginate at the apex; stipule entire.

In our discussions with Bart over the Zimbabwe material, some of the younger leaves of T. dubium appeared to have fine bristles at the apex - does this happen?

And can we photograph the stipule character?

Content last updated: Saturday 18 July 2009

Other sources of information about Trifolium dubium:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Trifolium dubium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-18

Hyde, M.A. (2018). UK Flora: Species information: Trifolium dubium., retrieved 27 May 2018

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