Trifolium dubium Sibth.

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Kent number: 77/19/12
BRC number: 920002081
Common names: Lesser Trefoil (English)
Status: Native
BSBI Species Code: A1

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?

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Images last updated: Saturday 18 July 2009


Other sources of information about Trifolium dubium:

External websites:

BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Trifolium dubium
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Trifolium dubium
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Trifolium dubium
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Trifolium dubium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Trifolium dubium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Trifolium dubium
Ispot: Trifolium dubium
JSTOR Plant Science: Trifolium dubium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Trifolium dubium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Trifolium dubium
The Plant List (version 1.1): Trifolium dubium
Tropicos: Trifolium dubium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-24

Hyde, M.A. (2024). UK Flora: Species information: Trifolium dubium., retrieved 18 June 2024

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