Trifolium clypeatum, Helmet Clover, Shield Clover,
Hebrew: תלתן תריסני, Arabic: النفل المدرع

Scientific name:  Trifolium clypeatum L.
Common name:  Helmet Clover, Shield Clover
Hebrew name:  תלתן תריסני
Arabic name:  النفل المدرع
Plant Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

Trifolium clypeatum, Helmet Clover, Shield Clover, النفل المدرع,תלתן תריסני

Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, trifoliate
Flowers:  Cream, pink, white
Flowering Period:   January, February, March, April, May
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Trifolium, Latin tri, tres, three; folium, leaf; three-leaved.
clypeatum, resembling a Roman shield; shield shaped.
The Hebrew name: תלתן, taltan, clover, trefoil, from tlat (Aramaic) three; the clover is recalled in the Mishnah Kilayim 2:5, "[a field} of clover among which grew up..."
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.