Trifolium pratense

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaFabaceaeTrifoliumTrifolium pratense

Ecology

A perennial herb, native in a wide range of grasslands other than on the most acidic soils, and also common in waste places. The map includes the large, agriculturally selected variants (var. sativum) that are extensively sown into stubble and as components of short-term leys. 0-850 m (Scottish Highlands).

Status

Native

World Distribution

Eurosiberian Temperate element, but widely naturalised so that distribution is now Circumpolar Temperate.

© M. Cotterill, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

0

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.5

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1100

Life form information

Height (cm): 45

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2745

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 976

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 14

Atlas Change Index: -0.18

Weighted Changed Factor: -4

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

24

Distribution information

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003231

PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (105a)
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.