Trifolium scabrum L. Rough Clover
Sp.Pl. 2:770 (1753)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Thursday 23 August 2007

Erect, decumbent or prostrate annual, herb, to 0.2 m high. Fl. white-pink, Sep to Nov. White-grey sand, limestone. Dunes, tracks, roadsides, driveways.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Swan Coastal Plain.

IBRA Subregions: Perth.

IMCRA Regions: Leeuwin-Naturaliste.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Canning, Cockburn, Gingin, Murray, Nedlands, Rockingham, South Perth, Wanneroo.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Annual. Reproduction. Seed.

Notes. Has low germination rates in unsuitable environmental conditions. Only recorded from the Swan Coastal Plain in WA.

Additional information. Origin. Macronesia, north Africa, temperate Asia, Europe. Similar exotic species. Trifolium species.

Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray with 1% glyphosate before flowering. Lontrel® 3 ml/10 L (150 ml/ha) Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Germination           Y Y Y          
Active Growth           Y Y Y Y        
Flowering                 Y Y Y    
Fruiting                   U U U  
Optimum Treatment           O Y Y O        

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.

 

References

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  • Issolah, R. & Abdelguerfi, A. (1999) Variability within 31 spontaneous populations of Trifolium scabrum L.; Nature of relations with factors of the site of origin. Options Méditerranéennes, : 123-127.
  • Thomas, B.D. & Bowman, W.D. (1998) Influence of N2-fixing Trifolium on plant species composition in the alpine tundra. Oecologia, 115 (1/2): 26-31.
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  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program (2009) Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysimple.aspx - Accessed October 2009.

Project information and acknowledgements