birdsfoot trefoil, birdfoot deervetch
- Lotus corniculatus is an invasive low-growing, perennial forb with stems that can reach 2 ft. (0.6 m) long.
- Leaves are compound (with 5 oval to linear leaflets), stipulate and alternate. Leaflets (upper 3) are 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long and less than 0.13 in. (0.3 cm) wide; the lower two resemble leaf-like stipules. Flowering occurs from May to August, when yellow, sweet pea-like flowers develop.
- Flowers develop in clusters of 2-8 on a long peduncle (stalk).
- Fruits are pods that occur in head-like clusters. Each pod is brown to black, cylindrical, 0.6-1.4 in. (1.5-3.5 cm) long, contains up to 49 seeds and has a persistent style at the apex.
- Ecological Threat
- Lotus corniculatus is native to Eurasia and North Africa and occurs in pastures, roadsides, wetlands, disturbed grasslands and riparian areas.
- Global Invasive Species Database. 2011. Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission
- University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Natural Heritage Program
- USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Staff, Newtown Square, PA
- University of California, Jepson Flora Project
- Flora of China, www.eFloras.org
- Wildscreen, ARKive
- USDA NRCS PLANTS
- USDA ARS GRIN
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