Trifolium fragiferum from Kashmir

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Gurcharan Singh

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Jul 14, 2011, 9:16:47 AM7/14/11
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Trifolium fragiferum L., Sp. pl. 2:772. 1753
syn: Amoria fragifera (L.) Roskov

Common name: Strawberry clover

Perennial creeping herb with white or pink flowers, can be easily confused (especially one with white flowers) with T. repens, but quite distinct in fruit as the fruiting heads in T. repens shrivel on drying, whereas in T. fragiferum the head gets swollen due to enclaged calyces and appears like a strawberry head, hence the name.

Perennial, stems creeping often rooting at nodes; leaves trifoliate, leaflets 5-30 mm long, ovate, elliptical to obcordate; stipules lanceolate, membranous;  Inflorescence a compact head, 10-14 mm broad, hemispherical in flower, globose, ellipsoid, with an involucre, peduncle up to 20 cm, exceeding the leaf; bract 3-4 mm; calyx inflated in fruit, pubescent; corolla white to pinkish; fruit included in calyx, 1-2-seeded. 

Photographed in Iqbal Garden, Hazuribagh in Srinagar, Kashmir

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