Lotus corniculatus (Bird's-Foot Treefoil) - photos and description









Looking straight down on plant. 

Leaves pinnate with 5 leaflets.

General: Floriferous perennial plants with a prostrate, decumbent, to erect growth habit. Stems sparingly hairy.

Flowers: Flowers bright yellow with red stripes, growing in umbels of up to 6 flowers. We measured a flower at 13 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, pinnate with 5 leaflets, we measured the terminal leaflet of the leaf highlighted above at 8 mm long by 5 mm wide.

Height: Stem length listed in Budd's Flora to 60 cm, we measured stems to a length of 36 cm long.

Habitat: Ditches and roadsides, more so in the parklands and boreal forest.

Abundance: Listed as fairly common in Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Saskatchewan.

Origin: Introduced.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos on July 13th, mowed grassy area, University of Regina, in our home city of Regina, SK.