1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Trifolium Tourn. ex L.
      1. Trifolium acaule Steud. ex A.Rich.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to Uganda.

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane grassland, Afromontane; alpine zone vegetation.
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

    Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    Perennial herb with a taproot and close-pressed prostrate branches, rooting at the nodes.
    Leaves
    Leaves glabrous, or almost so; stipules pale, few-nerved, up to 8 mm. long, the free tips about as long as the base; petiole up to 12 mm. long; leaflets cuneate-obovate, rounded or emarginate at the tip, ± 4 mm. long by 2·5 mm. wide, crenate or very slightly toothed; main lateral nerves 4 or 5 on each side at 15°–20° to the midrib.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences 1–5-flowered; peduncle up to 1 cm. long; bracts scarious, 0·5–1 mm. long; pedicels 2–3 mm. long, erect.
    Calyx
    Calyx green; tube ± 2 mm. long, 11-nerved; teeth narrowly triangular, 1–2 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla mauve; standard ± 8 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens ± 5 mm. long.
    Ovary
    Ovary glabrous; ovules 2–4.
    Habitat
    Alpine region in short grass and in rock crevices; 3150–4100 m., locally abundant
    Distribution
    K3 U3

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda

    Trifolium acaule Steud. ex A.Rich. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Schimper [587], Ethiopia K000226938
    Schimper [587], Ethiopia K000226939 Unknown type material
    Schimper [1389], Ethiopia Trifolium petitianum K000226935
    Schimper [1389], Ethiopia Trifolium petitianum K000226932 Unknown type material
    Schimper [1389], Ethiopia Trifolium petitianum K000226934
    Schimper [1389], Ethiopia Trifolium petitianum K000226933
    Ethiopia Trifolium petitianum K000226936
    Pappi, A. [1084], Eritrea Trifolium petitianum K000226937 Unknown type material

    First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 169 (1847)

    Accepted by

    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • O. Hedberg, Afroalpine Vascular Plants p. 119 (1957).
    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 7: 384 (1952).
    • Fiori in N. Giorn. Bot. Ital. n.s. 55: 344, fig. 17 (1949).
    • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 55 (1871).
    • A. Rich., Tent. F1. Abyss. 1: 169 (1847).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0