Trifolium cernuum Brot.

Drooping-flower Clover

Phytogr. Lusit. Select., edn 3, 1: 150 (1816) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Prostrate or ascending annual herb; stems 5–40 cm long, branching, glabrous. Leaves palmately trifoliolate, long-petiolate; leaflets ovate-cuneate, 4–15 mm long, 3–12 mm wide, glabrous, finely toothed, apex truncate or emarginate; stipules white-membranous. Inflorescence 8–20-flowered, axillary, umbellate to globose, c. 10 mm long, c. 10 mm wide, shortly pedunculate; pedicels c. 2 mm long, becoming recurved in fruit. Calyx c. 4 mm long, more or less glabrous, tube cylindric, 5–20-veined, throat open, teeth sub-equal, as long as tube or shorter, spiny, erect in fruit; corolla 4–5 mm long, pink, persistent; standard obovate, spoon-shaped, deeply emarginate. Pod obloid, 3–4 mm long, membranous, exserted from calyx tube; seeds 1–4, ovoid, c. 1 mm long, yellow. Flowers mainly Sep.–Jan.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HFE, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MonT, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to western Europe, northwest Africa. Common and well-established weed throughout much of Victoria.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Trifolium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Trifolium cernuum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Trifolium cernuum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present introduced
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present introduced
Highlands-Far East present introduced
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory