saint Patrick: shamrock & clover

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cecisoodeen

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hello, is there any difference between a shamrock and a clover? I´m having a look at Saint Patrick´s information and I had this doubt. Thanks in advance
 
  • rpleimann

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    cecisoodeen said:
    hello, is there any difference between a shamrock and a clover? I´m having a look at Saint Patrick´s information and I had this doubt. Thanks in advance

    I am having trouble posting photos that I copied from the web. I can send them to you in a private message.

    When I think of clover, it's

    trifolium dubium or trifolium pratense.

    For shamrock, it's wood sorrel, or oxalis acetosella.
     

    rpleimann

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    USA English
    A BBC news site had this survey:

    WHICH IS THE TRUE SHAMROCK?
    trifolium dubium (lesser trefoil) 46%
    trifolium repens (white clover) 35%
    medicap lupulina (black medick) 7%
    oxalis acetosella (wood sorrel) 5%
    trifolium pratense (red clover) 4%

    Source: Survey of Irish people by Charles Nelson, 1988
     

    Neilito

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    Ireland/English
    What I know as "clover" is a trefoil larger than shamrock, each of its three leaves about the size of ones little fingernail, whereas the leaves of shamrock (what I've seen and I'm Irish...) are rather small, the whole trefoil probably smaller than a single leaf of the clover (working from memory here)

    On St Pats day people wear a large sprig (rama) of shamrock on their lapel/hat/whatever rather than a single leaf...

    Shamrock is I'm told difficult to cultivate. Needs a lot of moisture. What I know as clover grows everywhere in pastures. Shamrock doesn't.
     
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