Trifolium rytidosemium Boiss. - Wrinkly Clover.

Taxonomic position.

Family Fabaceae Lindl., genus Trifolium L.


Trifolium ponticum Alb.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial or bi-triennial herbaceous plant, bushy from base. Stems 15-50 cm tall, weak, ascending, rarely straight, adpressedly pilose. Stipules linear-lanceolate, acute. Leaflets oblong-obovate or oblong, obtuse, dentate above middle. Inflorescences terminal, one-two per stem, on peduncles 2-3 cm long, the latter significantly elongated by the end of flowering (up to 7-10 cm). Heads dense, oval, later oblong. Corolla yellow, later brown. Pod sessile, exstipitate, style 4 times shorter than pod. Flowers in June - July, fruits in July . August. Self-incompatible, cross-pollinated plant.




In alpine and subalpine zones. In meadows.

Economic value.

May be used as forage plant in high mountain conditions.


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Grossheim AA. 1952. Flora of Caucasus. 2nd ed. V.5. P.194-221. (In Russian).
Bobrov EG. 1945. Clover - Trifolium L. In: Shishkin BK., ed. Flora URSS. V.11. P.189-261. (In Russian).

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