One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European clover, naturalized as a weed of pastures in Australia, whose fruiting heads bury themselves in the ground.
Trifolium subterraneum, family Leguminosae
- ‘He grows self-seeding winter cover crops such as little barley (considered a weed by some) and subterranean clover, which die down in early summer and come back from seed in the fall.’
- ‘He had built a rabbit proof fence around his property and developed subterranean clover, a superior form of feed for his flocks.’
- ‘‘This year, we identified lines of subterranean clover with superior vigor of growth here in Maryland,’ he says.’
- ‘Local pastoralists reported significant failures of well-irrigated pastures containing subterranean clover, perennial rye grass and Phalaris tuberosa.’
- ‘Experiments with subterranean clovers, or clover ley farming, helped to improve both soil structure and pasture.’
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