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Sunday, 11 May 2014


The clover is a genus of about 300 species of plants in the pea family. It grows worldwide, mainly in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, but many species also in South America and Africa, including at high altitudes on mountains in the tropics.

In the fifth century St Patrick is said to have used the clover to illustrate the concept of the Trinity: three leaves on one stem.

Around one in 10,000 clovers has four leaves but the record is 56, discovered in 2009 in Japan.

There are 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover.

It is estimated that your chances of finding a four-leaf clover on the first try are 1 in 10,000.

Technically, there is no such thing as a shamrock. It’s just a word used to refer to several varieties of clover, mainly trifolium repens.

The word "shamrock" comes from the Irish seamróg or seamair óg, meaning “little clover”.

Source Daily Express

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