Trifolium (weeds)

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Trifolium repens (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Frank Vincentz
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Trifolium L. - (clovers)

This genus is widely distributed and contains more than 200 species of small leguminous plants. They are usually desirable forage plants and several are grown as fodder plants. However, some species can be important weeds, for example when the field they are growing is used to cultivate other crops. For example Trifolium repens can affect the cultivation of cereals like maize or wheat.

The plants can grow to a height of around 50 cm. Most species branch directly at the base and have trifoliate leaves. The inflorescences are arranged in heads of white, red or purple flowers.


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: