Lotus corniculatus L.

Bird's Foot Trefoil

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STATS

Introduced
CC = *
CW = 3
MOC = 45

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Family - Fabaceae/Faboideae

Stems - No info. yet.

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Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Lotus_corniculatus_flowers.jpg Typical flowers.

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Lotus_corniculatus_mottled2.jpg Mottled flowers...

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Lotus_corniculatus_mottled1.jpg ...again.

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Lotus_corniculatus_calyx.jpg Calices.

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Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Fields, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Europe but introduced on nearly every continent.

Other info. - This species is becoming quite widespread in Missouri. It has been cultivated for cattle fodder because it does well in very poor soils and has a high protein content.
As seen in the pictures above, the flowers of L. corniculatus are quite striking and the plant does well in cultivation.

Photographs taken off River Rd., Platte County, MO., 6-11-00, and off Hwy 13 near Springfield, MO., 7-5-03.