Lesser Trefoil - Trifolium dubium


Low to short, usually hairy with spreading to ascending stems. Trifoliate, leaflets oval to heart shaped, the terminal leaflet short-stalked. Flowers yellow, becoming browner with age, small 2 to 3 mm in small heads with up to 6 flowers.

Similar Species

Similar to Black Medick but distinguished by leaves that lack the terminal point of this species.

Photo ID?

Grassy habitats on dry soils, roadside verges and waste ground.

When to see it

May to October.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 484 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map