1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Trifolium Tourn. ex L.
      1. Trifolium masaiense J.B.Gillett

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

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Insufficiently known
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane grassland
    Habit
    Annual, Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

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

    Diagnostic
    Differs from T. semipilosum in being annual and in the calyx-teeth which are ± 5 mm. long and 2–3 times as long as the tube. The leaflets are also often more strongly toothed.
    Habit
    Usually erect or ascending up to 60 cm. tall, occasionally the lower parts of the stems may be prostrate and then sometimes rooting at the nodes.
    Leaves
    Leaflets ± elliptic or obovate, rounded or emarginate at the tip, up to 3 cm. long, pilose only on the midrib beneath; main nerves 12–16 on each side, at an angle of ± 40° with the midrib.
    Corolla
    Standard ± 10 mm. long.
    Ovary
    Ovary glabrous, 4-ovulate.
    [FZ]

    Leguminosae, various authors. Flora Zambesiaca 3:7. 2003

    Habit
    Annual herb.
    Stem
    Stems erect or ascending, sometimes rooting at the nodes.
    Leaves
    Leaves with petioles free for the greater part of their length; leaflets ± elliptic, rounded at the apex, cuneate at the base, strongly toothed, pilose only on the midrib beneath, the lateral nerves c. 14 on each side; petiole often more than twice as long as the leaflets; stipules with the adnate part c. 7 mm long, the free part c. 7 mm long, acuminate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence ± globose; peduncles longer than the leaves, pilose.
    Flowers
    Flowers with pedicels pilose, reflexed in fruit.
    Calyx
    Calyx sparsely pilose, green or straw-coloured; tube 10–11-nerved; teeth c. 5 mm long, 2–3 times as long as the tube.
    Corolla
    Corolla pinkish; standard c. 10 mm long.
    Ovary
    Ovary glabrous, 4-ovulate.
    Fruits
    Pod papyraceous, 4-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds not seen.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania, Uganda

    Introduced into:

    Zimbabwe

    Trifolium masaiense J.B.Gillett appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Kew Bull. 7: 387 (1952)

    Accepted by

    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.N. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7): 1-274. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.N. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7): 1-274. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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 7: 387, fig. 4/7 (1952).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/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