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Flower  Bird's Foot Trefoil

Bird's-Foot Trefoil - Photo  Copyright 2004 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Carry a good hand lens with you to reveal all the intricate detail of wild flowers - click here


Latin name: Lotus corniculatus

Size: Between 10 and 40cms tall.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: May to September

Habitat: Fields, meadows and roadside verges

Special features: Sometimes called "bacon and eggs" because the unopened buds can have pink streaks in them.

Along the stem, the oval leaflets are in pairs, but all the shoots leading out from the main stem have three leaflets on the end - hence the name trefoil, meaning three leaves.

Click for a better viewThe "bird's foot" name is derived from the shape of the seed pods.

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