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Birdsfoot Trefoil

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A common flower found almost anywhere, from the coastal cliffs to hedgerows and woodland to grassland. 


 

Common bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) must surely be one of our most familiar flowers as it can be found just about anywhere from the coastal cliffs to hedgerows, from woodland to grassland. Apart from very acid soils you can find it in almost habitat.

It is a member of the pea family with the classic 'vetch' shaped flower which can have orange or red on them during the early stages before becoming pure yellow. It is generally a low-growing, almost sprawling, plant.  It is a very popular plant with insects and is the food plant for several species of moth and butterfly. The common name 'bird's foot' comes from the shape of the seed heads that form once the flower has gone over. It looks just like the foot of a small bird.  

Sometimes called 'eggs and bacon' although I have no idea why as it does not look like an egg and there is no trace of any bacon. I have also known it to be called Tom Thumb and even granny's toe-nails! 


 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Birdsfoot Trefoil
Scientific Name Lotus corniculatus
Family Pea family - Leguminosae
Status Locally common
Interest Level
1/5
Related Species - CLICK TO VIEW Pea Family - Fabaceae
Flower Colour Group Yellow
Flower Visible
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Look for Sprawling yellow pea=shaped flowers and seed pods resembling a bird's foot

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
H2: Dry Heath/Acid Grassland Mosaic Associated
GC: Calcareous Grassland Associated