Strawberry Clover - Trifolium fragiferum

Description

A procumbent perennial herb, rooting at the nodes. The flower can resemble a pink tinged form of White Clover, but it is the fruits that are distinctive. They are larger than the flower, and the sepals (calyx) become inflated forming a large, pale pink fruiting body which is said to resemble a strawberry (hence the Common Name).

Identification difficulty

In flower  In fruit

Recording advice

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Habitat

Often found in coastal habitats. Inland it occurs in old pastures or by tracks on damp alluvial or calcareous clay soils.

When to see it

Flowering July and August followed by fruits.

Life History

Perennial herb.

UK Status

Quite frequent in coastal habitats.  Away from the coast it is mainly recorded in the south-eastern corner of Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional and possibly declining in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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