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Narrow-leaf Clover - introduced (*Trifolium angustifolium)
Family: Fabaceae (Pea family).
Native of the Mediterranean region.
Occurrence: A widespread and common weed in bushland, roadsides, fields and waste areas.
- the leaves are on short stalks and are divided into three very narrow leaflets
- the small pink pea-flowers are clustered into dense cylindrical heads
- the plant is covered with fine, white hairs
- the flower cluster has a spiky appearance in fruit.
Narrow-leaf Clover is an erect annual, usually growing to 20-30 cm high. The leaves wither after flowering. The leaflets of
this clover are much narrower than other clovers.
Similar species: Hare’s-foot Clover also has flowers clustered into a cylindrical head, and is softly furry. Its leaves are wider,
and not as long, and its flower clusters are furry, not spiky.
Photo 1: Top: Narrow-leaf Clover. The
leaflets are long and narrow and the flower cluster has a
spiky appearance. Erskine’s Historic Reserve, Dunolly.
2: Castlemaine township.
3, 4: Narrow-leaf
Clover. Downes Road, Castlemaine.