Trifolium alpinum

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Trifolium alpinum
Glacier d'Aletsch avec fleurs.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Trifolium
Species: T. alpinum
Binomial name
Trifolium alpinum
L.

Trifolium alpinum is a species of flowering plant in the legume family known by the common name alpine clover. It is native to the Alps.[1]

This plant is a perennial herb with a large taproot which can be 1 metre long and 1 centimetre wide. The short stems bear ternate leaves divided into three leaflets each up to 5 cm long. The fragrant flowers are pink to light red, tinged with purple.[1]

This plant grows at elevations between 1700 and 2500 m,[1] sometimes up to 2800 m,[2] in subalpine and alpine climates. It commonly grows on acidic soils.[1]

In alpine regions this plant provides an important forage for livestock.[3] It is also good for stabilizing sites of erosion at high elevations.[4]

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