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infestation (Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, USGS)
habit (Photo: Matt Taylor)
leaves, each with three leaflets, and flower clusters (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
hairy stem (Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, USGS)
close-up of stem and sheath-like stipules at the base of the leaf stalk (Photo: Greg Jordan)
close-up of hairy leaflet undersides (Photo: Greg Jordan)
young flower cluster (Photo: Matt Taylor)
flower cluster and leaflets with paler v-shaped markings (Photo: Greg Jordan)
close-up of flowers (Photo: Matt Taylor)
close-up of seeds (Photo: Steve Hurst at USDA PLANTS Database)
Trifolium pratense L.
Trifolium pratense L. var. pratenseTrifolium pratense L. var. sativum Schreb.
Fabaceae (Queensland, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory)Fabaceae: sub-family Faboideae (New South Wales)Leguminosae (South Australia)Papilionaceae (Western Australia)
cleaver grass, cow clover, cow grass, cowgrass, mammoth red clover, marl grass, meadow clover, meadow honeysuckle, meadow trefoil, medium red clover, peavine clover, purple clover, red clover, sweet clover, trefoil, wild clover
Native to north-western Africa, Europe, western Asia, Russia and the Indian Sub-continent.
Widely naturalised in southern and eastern Australia (i.e. in south-eastern Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, south-eastern South Australia and the coastal districts of south-western and southern Western Australia).
Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is regarded as an environmental weed in Western Australia and Victoria.
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