Common Birdsfoot Trefoil
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Common Birdsfoot Trefoil
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Common name: Common Birdsfoot Trefoil
Botanical name: Lotus corniculatus    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Common Birdsfoot Trefoil is a common flowering plant native to grasslands of temperate Eurasia and North Africa, and the Himalayas. It is a highly variable prostrate or ascending, hairy or hairless perennial herb. It bears long-stalked clusters of 3-6 yellow flowers. Flowers are 8-16 mm long, withy equal petals and unequal sepals. Sepals are lanceshaped, hairy or hairless. Leaves are compound with 5 leaflets, which are variable in shape. They are mostly broadly obovate-wedge-shaped to lanceshaped, 5-15 mm long. The lower pair is at the base of the leaf spine, separate from the upper 3 leaflets. Pods are 2-3 cm long, cylindrical, hairless. Common Birdsfoot Trefoil is found at altitudes of 1500-4000 m. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh, Suresh Rana Photographed in Rajouri & near Cheshmashahi, Kashmir.

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