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Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil

Lotus pedunculatus

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Habitats:
Ditches, marshes, meadows, riversides, roadsides, waterside, wetland, woodland.

Flower:
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Yellow, 5 petals
 
Similar to Common Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) but is shorter and its dull yellow flowers appear in clusters of 5 to 12. Common Bird's-foot Trefoil flowers appear in clusters of 2 to 7 and are sometimes tinted with orange or red (hence its common nickname of 'Eggs and Bacon'), unlike Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil which is always pure yellow. Its golden yellow flowers appear on top of erect stalks which measure up to 15cm long.
Fruit:
Named for the appearance of its seedpods, Common Bird's-foot Trefoil has pods which look like the 5 toes of a bird's foot. The Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil has many more toes (5 to 12) so looks a little less like a bird's foot.
Leaves:
Bluish-green pinnate leaves with 5 leaflets. Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil has hollow stems, unlike Common Bird's-foot Trefoil which also has lighter coloured foliage. The leaves can be hairy or not hairy. Perennial.
Other Names:
Big Trefoil, Large Birdsfoot Trefoil, Marsh Bird's-foot Trefoil.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Similar Species:
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