July 31, 2015
Lotus corniculatus L.
Alternate, compound with five generally oval and smooth-margined leaflets. Each compound leaf has three terminal leaflets and two reduced leaflets near the stem.
Prostrate and spreading to semi-erect stems are herbaceous, branched from a tough crown and up to 3 feet long. Plants form mats by stolons and rhizomes.
Flowers and fruit
Bright yellow, pea-like flowers, sometimes streaked with red, are found in flat-topped clusters at the ends of long stalks. Fruit are several linear, cylinder-shaped pods formed in the shape of a bird’s foot. Each capsule contains several roundish, shiny, olive to black seeds. Birdsfoot trefoil continued
Seeds, stolons and rhizomes.
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