Ascending or decumbent annual herb; stems many, 5–25 cm long, branching mainly from lower parts, terete or furrowed, glabrous to sparsely hairy. Leaves palmately trifoliolate, long-petiolate; leaflets obovate to oblong-cuneate, 4–15 mm long, 2–10 mm wide, wholly glabrous or sparsely hairy beneath, margins acutely dentate, apex rounded, truncate or retuse; stipules membranous, connate in lower half. Inflorescence many-flowered, axillary, umbellate, 6–12 mm long, 5–8 mm wide, sessile or pedunculate; flowers shortly pedicellate, erect or deflexed after anthesis. Calyx at first c. 3.5 mm long, much inflated in fruit, hairy on upper side, tube cylindric, faintly 10-veined becoming reticulately veined in fruit, upper lip much inflated, woolly-pilose or glabrescent, throat narrowed or closed in fruit, hairy, teeth unequal, much shorter than tube, blunt, upper teeth spreading or curved in fruit (when usually obscured by hairs), lower 3 teeth longer than upper 2; corolla 3–6 mm long, resupinate, pink, not persistent; standard ovate, notched at apex. Pod ovoid, c. 1.5 mm long, membranous, included in calyx tube; seeds 1 or 2, ovoid, c. 1.3 mm long, brown or yellowish with darker spots. Flowers Sep.–Nov.
*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalised all States except NT. Native to northern Africa, Europe and temperate Asia.
Widespread but mostly in drier northern and western parts of the State
Zohary & Heller (1984) recognize 6 varieties of which only the type variety has been recorded for Victoria.
Zohary M. & Heller, D. (1984). The genus Trifolium, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|