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.
Trifolium amabile is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial, usually with a thick, deep taproot, with stems growing up to 40cm tall[
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)[
S. America - Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador; Central America - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico to southern N. America.
Mostly in moist mountain meadows, often in pine-oak forest, frequent on exposed banks, at elevations from 1,600 - 3,400 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
A plant of higher elevations in the tropics.
The plant grows in the wild on moist, sandy soils[
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[
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[
]. The mixture is called 'Chucan'[
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