SUFFOCATED CLOVER

Trifolium suffocatum

(Formerly: Amoria suffocata)
Pea Family [Fabaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8white
morph
morph8zygo
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZscarce
sex
sexZbisexual

8th June 2011, St Helens, Duver, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


8th June 2011, St Helens, Duver, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The three leaflets of the leaf are just left of centre here sticking upwards. The flowers, which are small 3 to 4mm across and usually well hidden by the green sepal teeth of the calyx, but here they have turned to fruit. The flowers must have been very tightly packed together, 'suffocating' each other. In fruit the sepal teeth are fawn in colour and curled backwards, allowing us to see the orange-brown fruit in the centre.

[The cylindrical green tufts sticking up might not belong to Suffocated Clover; they look like a moss growing in the damp ground].

It is clear that a lot more photos are required of this plant.


Not to be confused with : Suffolk Lungwort (Pulmonaria obscura), an unrelated plant with a similar sounding first name.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

No relation to : Flower () [plants with similar names belonging to differing families].

A very distinctive but short, growing to 8cm high but also prostrate. The leaves are typically trifoliate but with only few but sharply-pointed teeth. The white flowers, which are only 3 to 4mm across, are usually hidden by the sepal teeth. When fruiting, the sepal teeth curl back.


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Distribution
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 BSBI maps
genus8Trifolium
Trifolium
(Clovers)

SUFFOCATED CLOVER

Trifolium suffocatum

(Formerly: Amoria suffocata)
Pea Family [Fabaceae]