West Highland Flora

Red Clover


Trifolium pratense

 

Trifolium pratense

Photo Carl Farmer
27 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Common on roadsides, bare ground, tracks, short grassland and hills.

Flowerhead c 2 cm across, leaflets c 2 cm.

ID: No white area around centre of flowerhead as in Zigzag Clover.  Stipules end in bristle-point.

Other features: Cultivated forms often occur in the wild and are generally larger.  Pale spot on leaves (as in pic) much fainter in Zigzag Clover which has narrower leaves (sometimes also fainter in Red Clover).  Flowerheads usually solitary with a pair of leaves just below, but sometimes two as in pic on left.

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