, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 93–99 | Cite as

Four hundred years of cultivation of Dutch white clover landraces

  • A. C. Zeven


Since the end of the 16th century landraces of Dutch white clover have been grown in the Low Countries, and seed was exported to many parts of Europe and North America. At the end of the 20th century the last landrace-Fries-Groninger, belonging to Dutch White-was removed from the Descriptive list of cultivars of agricultural crops. An era of Dutch White grown for some 400 hundred years had ended. Its former dominating role remains in its botanical name hollandicum and in its vernacular names: ‘Dutch clover’. ‘Holländischer Klee’ and ‘Coucou de Hollande’. The history and some of the characters of Dutch White has been described.

Key words

Trifolium repens white clover landrace The Netherlands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. C. Zeven
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant Breeding (I.v.P.)Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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