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

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

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane grassland, Afromontane (upland) shrubland ('moorland')., 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 often forming large mats; rootstock often thick and rather woody; stems glabrous, creeping below and often rooting at the nodes.
    Leaves
    Stipules glabrous, up to ± 8 mm. long, half of this sheathing and half the free lanceolate tips ending in filiform points; leaflets cuneate-obovate, truncate or ernarginate, 2–9 mm. long and up to 5 mm. wide, glabrous; main nerves 6–9 on each side, at an angle of up to 30° with the midrib.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences ± 30-flowered, subcapitate, hemispherical, up to 18 mm. across; rhachis 1–3 mm. long; peduncle fulvous pilose, up to 6 cm. long; bracts white, up to 2 mm. long, linear-lanceolate or sometimes the lowest broad and divided into linear-lanceolate lobes; pedicels fulvous pilose, ± 1 mm. long, not reflexed in fruit.
    Calyx
    Calyx sparsely golden-pilose, 11-nerved, the commissural nerves when present undivided to the top; tube ± 2·5 mm. long; teeth subulate, 4–5 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla purple; standard oblanceolate, ± 9 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens ± 6 mm. long.
    Ovary
    Ovary with a stipe ± 0·6 mm. long; ovules 2.
    Fruits
    Pod glabrous, usually 1-seeded, ± 2·5 by 1·8 mm.
    Seeds
    Seed brown, ± 1·6 by 1·1 mm.; hilum lateral.
    Habitat
    Grassy places, often on rocky ground, and sometimes in moist open spots in the upland evergreen forest, moorland and alpine zones; 1800–4100 m.; rainfall 1000 mm. or more
    Distribution
    K2 K3 K4 K6 T2 U3

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

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

    First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 168 (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
    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 24: 217 (1970).
    • Fiori in N. Giorn. Bot. Ital. n.s. 55: 343, fig. 19 (1949).
    • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 57 (1871).
    • A. Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 168 (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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    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