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.
Other Hop-trefoils (Trifolium campestre and T micranthum) and (when not in fruit) Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)
Standards are ridged like a roof and fold down either side of the pods, unlike Trifolium campestre. Flowers brighter and smaller than Hop Trefoil. When not in fruit, both trefoils are similar to Black Medick in flower, but Black Medick leaves are much more hairy and have an apiculate point (i.e a short fine 'needle' from the end of the leaflet)
General photo in habitat and a side-on view of flowers
Grassy habitats on dry soils, roadside verges and waste ground.
May to October.
Common throughout Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 484 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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- RED = 2020+
- DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
- LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015