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Ionel Catanescu
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Hi guys and girls.

I bought some months ago a baby kumquat from the supermarket at a bargain price and repotted it.
besides growing itself quite a lot, something else grew with it.
It looks to be a clover, maybe trifolium alexandrinum but can't be sure.
The flower has a wonderful fragrance which can be sensed from some distance.

I'm really loving this perfume and if i'd knew what species it is i might stretch and look for seed to grow it some more.
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Scented clover
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andre hirsz
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Can you include what area you are in. Hard for a canadian to know what may be an Australian plant.for example.
 
Tj Jefferson
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by leaf shape it is probably not a true clover the serrations are deep. More likely related to sweet clover but I have not seen one with a globe flower.
 
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andre hirsz wrote:Can you include what area you are in. Hard for a canadian to know what may be an Australian plant.for example.

FYI, under his name it says says Timisoara, Romania.
 
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For what it's worth the location doesn't show up on mobile devices. Probably the issue.
 
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Tj Jefferson wrote:For what it's worth the location doesn't show up on mobile devices. Probably the issue.

Interesting, I'm on an 8" Android tablet and the location displays in both portrait and landscape modes. Apparently only happens for smaller devices.
 
Ionel Catanescu
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I don't know if my location is very relevant ...

As i said in the beginning, i bought a kumquat in a pot from the supermarket.
It most probably came from Italy ...

I placed it in a larger pot where i added some local soil plus some store bought one.
After some time i sensed some wonderful fragrance from this pot and i thought the kumquat had flowered ...
But no, it was this suspect.

Now, i use this same soil mix to repot  hundreds of other plants and no perfumed flowers arose till now so i think this "clover" came from the original pot.
That means most probably it came from the mediterranean area which made me suspect  trifolium alexandrinum.
 
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It looks like an alsike clover.
What I think is diagnostic is the lack of a light green band on your clover's leaves, and the lack of a three leaf configuration.
It is supposed to be endemic to Southern Europe and South western Asia.
Here's a pic:
https://www.cotswoldseeds.com/seed-info/differentiating-between-red-alsike-and-white-clovers
The wikipedia article in english:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trifolium_hybridum


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