Trifolium palaestinum, Palestine clover,
Hebrew: תלתן ארצישראלי, Arabic: نفل فلسطيني

Scientific name:  Trifolium palaestinum Boiss.
Common name:  Palestine clover
Hebrew name:   תלתן ארצישראלי
Arabic name:  نفل فلسطيني
Plant Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

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Life form:  Therophyte, annual
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, trifoliate, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  White
Flowering Period:  March, April, May
Habitat:  Sand
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Trifolium, Latin tri, tres, three; folium, leaf; three-leaved.
palaestinum, from Palestine.
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 Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.

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