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Strawberry Clover   
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Strawberry Clover
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Strawberry Clover
Botanical name: Trifolium fragiferum    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Amoria fragifera, Trifolium neglectu, Trifolium bonannii

Strawberry Clover is a prostrate creeping perennial herb with stems up to 50 cm long, usually rooting from nodes. Leaves are borne on long stalks. Each blade is made up of usually three toothed oval leaflets up to 2-2.5 cm long. Stipules are to 1.5 cm long, spear-shaped, membranous. Flowers pink to whitish, pea-shaped, borne in dense head-like clusters atop leafless stems. The head of flowers is around a cm long when first flowering. It increases in size to 2 cm as the fruits develop, the sepals becoming thin and inflated, fuzzy and pinkish in color, to resemble a strawberry or raspberry, hence the common name. Strawberry Clover is found in Pakistan, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Ethiopia, N. Africa, Arabia, Egypt, Caucasus and Europe. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Iqbal Garden, Hazuribagh, Srinagar, Kashmir.
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