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Trifolium campestre Schreb.
Hop Clover

Sturm, Deutschl.Fl. 1, Heft 16:13-14 (1804)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Prostrate, ascending or erect annual, herb, 0.03-0.3 m high. Fl. yellow/white, Aug to Dec or Jan. Sandy loams, laterite gravel. Flats. slopes, seasonally damp areas, along creeks,road verges, settled areas.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 22 August 2007


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Dandaragan Plateau, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Katanning, Lesueur Sandplain, Mardabilla, Merredin, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren, Western Mallee.
IMCRA Regions
Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Armadale, Augusta Margaret River, Bassendean, Belmont, Beverley, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Broomehill-Tambellup, Bunbury, Busselton, Cambridge, Capel, Chapman Valley, Cockburn, Coorow, Cranbrook, Cuballing, Dandaragan, Denmark, Esperance, Gingin, Gnowangerup, Gosnells, Harvey, Irwin, Jerramungup, Kalamunda, Kent, Kojonup, Kondinin, Lake Grace, Mandurah, Manjimup, Melville, Mundaring, Murray, Narrogin, Nedlands, Northam, Northampton, Perenjori, Perth, Plantagenet, Quairading, Rockingham, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, South Perth, Stirling, Subiaco, Swan, Victoria Plains, Wagin, Wanneroo, Waroona, West Arthur, Woodanilling, York.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. Low Hop Clover, Field Clover, Large Hop Clover.

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Annual. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Agricultural activities.

Notes. Can be biennial. Thrives in temperate regions and does not survive well in dry or hot humid climates. Has low germination rates in unsuitable environmental conditions. Has rapid spring growth. Often found in coarse-textured soils of low fertility. Strong nitrogen fixing ability. Trifolium species capable of high rates of nitrogen fixation may influence the abundance and growth of other plant species.

Additional information. Origin. Mediterranean region. History of use/introduction. Forage, soil improver. Similar exotic species. Trifolium species.

Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray with 1% glyphosate before flowering, alternatively spot spray Lontrel® 3 ml/10 L (150 ml/ha) up to the 6 leaf stage. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Germination         U U U            
Active Growth           Y Y Y Y Y Y    
Flowering Y             Y Y Y Y Y  
Fruiting U                 U U U  
Optimum Treatment           Y Y Y O        

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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