Trifolium erubescens, Blushing Clover,
Hebrew: תלתן מאדים, Arabic: نفل متورد

Scientific name:  Trifolium erubescens Fenzl
Common name:  Blushing Clover
Hebrew name:  תלתן מאדים
Arabic name:   نفل متورد
Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

Trifolium erubescens, Blushing Clover, תלתן מאדים,  نفل متورد

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  10-40 cm tall; stems slender, few or many, terete, erect or ascending, rarely decumbent, branching above
Leaves:  Alternate, 3-foliolate
Inflorescence:  Flowerhead, a spherical collection of individual flowers.
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite only; most of the flowers pink, the upper petals bleach; width 6-10mm, lenght corolla 4-6mm
Fruits / pods:  Few-seeded pods
Flowering Period:  March, April, May
Habitat:  Shadow woodland, forest and waste land
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Trifolium erubescens, Blushing Clover, תלתן מאדים,  نفل متورد


Derivation of the botanical name:
Trifolium, Latin tri, tres, three; folium, leaf; three-leaved.
erubescens, reddening, becoming red, blushing.
  • The standard author abbreviation Fenzl is used to indicate Eduard Fenzl (1808 – 1879), an Austrian botanist.
The petals are made film after fertilization, they do not drop out and assist in the distribution of seeds After fertilization the petals become 'membraneous', they do not drop out and assist in the distribution of seeds.