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Useful Tropical Plants

Trifolium amabile

Kunth

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Lupinaster amabilis (Kunth) C.Presl

Trifolium bolivianum P.B.Kenn.

Trifolium chiclense Ball

Trifolium cognatum House

Trifolium goniocarpum Lojac.

Trifolium hemsleyi Lojac.

Trifolium humboldtii Spreng

Trifolium lozani House

Trifolium macrorrhizum Ulbr.

Trifolium mathewsii A.Gray

Trifolium mexicanum Hemsl.

Trifolium nelsonii House

Trifolium pauciflorum Willd. ex Steud.

Trifolium peruvianum Vogel

Trifolium reflexum Cham. & Schltdl.

Trifolium schiedeanum S.Watson

Trifolium titicacense A.W.Hill ex D.Heller & Zohary

Trifolium weberbaueri Ulbr.

Common Name:

Trifolium amabile

General Information

Trifolium amabile is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial, usually with a thick, deep taproot, with stems growing up to 40cm tall[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
,
434
Title
Flora of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Macbride. J.F.
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent attempt at a Flora of Peru, though it is clear that many of the plants were imperfectly known at that time and so information on them was sketchy. Available for download from the Internet.
].
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild and consumed locally as a food when fasting.
This species has a wide distribution across tropical South America. The population is believed to be stable and there are no real threats at present. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
,
434
Title
Flora of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Macbride. J.F.
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent attempt at a Flora of Peru, though it is clear that many of the plants were imperfectly known at that time and so information on them was sketchy. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador; Central America - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico to southern N. America.

Habitat

Mostly in moist mountain meadows, often in pine-oak forest, frequent on exposed banks, at elevations from 1,600 - 3,400 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of higher elevations in the tropics.
The plant grows in the wild on moist, sandy soils[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

When the native Indians in Peru are fasting, this herb is mixed with a little white maize (Zea mays) and some other plants, then eaten[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
434
Title
Flora of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Macbride. J.F.
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent attempt at a Flora of Peru, though it is clear that many of the plants were imperfectly known at that time and so information on them was sketchy. Available for download from the Internet.
]. The mixture is called 'Chucan'[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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