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Suckling Clover - introduced (*Trifolium dubium)
Family: Fabaceae (Pea family).
Native of Europe.
Occurrence: A widespread weed, sometimes extending into forest areas.
- the yellow pea-flowers are in clusters at the end of long stalks
- the leaves are trifoliate (i.e. there are three leaflets at the end of the main leaf stalk)
- the central leaflet has a longer stalk than the other two leaflets
- the seeds are in small pods are clustered at the end of the flower stalks, and enclosed in the spent flower.
- the plant may be prostrate or semi-erect
- the tiny leaves (stipules) at the base of the main leaf stalk taper to a fine point.
Similar Species: Medics (Medicago species) resemble Suckling Clover in that they
have clover-like leaves and clusters of yellow flowers. The medics differ in that the seed pods are
spiralled; the pods often have 3 to 5 coils, which may be smooth or with interlocking spines.
1: Suckling Clover. The seed pods are small and
enclosed in the spent flowers. The flower heads are
about 5 mm in diameter and contain up to 20 flowers.
Barker Street, Castlemaine. 2: Kalimna Reserve.