Native to Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa.
Annual herb with prostrate or ascending habit. Having a few stems, 10-30 cm long, branching and hairless. Leaves are trifoliate with obovate to oblanceolate leaflets, 6-15 mm long and 4-10 mm wide, hairless, finely toothed and prominently veined. Stipules (leaf-like structures at the base of the leaf and flower-stalks) are white and membranous.
Flowers pink, more than 20 in a globular-like head, without flower-stalks in the junctions of leaf and stem, 8-10 mm long.
Widespread and common weed of pastures, cultivation and waste areas across Victoria. Typically a plant of fresh-water habitats but may occur on the fringes of saline swamps and flats during wetter periods.
One of a number of small annual clovers found in pastures, waste ground and bordering swamps, lakes and water courses. A simple key to the more common of these species is provided (Key to common annual clovers). Other clovers, but with a perennial habit, include Strawberry Clover (Trifolium fragiferum, White Clover (Trifolium repens) and Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)