BCP/Lotus corniculatus

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Lotus corniculatus

Flowering plant

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Profile for Lotus corniculatus (Birdsfoot Trefoil)
Identifying Characteristics
Habit: Herbaceous forb
Flowers: The flowers develop into small pea-like pods or legumes.
Foliage: five leaflets, but with the central three held conspicuously above the others, hence the use of the name trefoil.
Stem: The height of the plant is variable, from 5-20 cm, occasionally more where supported by other plants; the stems can reach up to 50 cm long. It is typically sprawling at the height of the surrounding grassland.
Growing Conditions: It is most often found in sandy soils.
Life Cycle: Perennial
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Global data:
Temperate zone season(s): Late Spring, Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid Fall

Regional data and additional images for Lotus corniculatus

Regional data:
New Hampshire: May, June, July, August, September, October
Central Pennsylvania: August, September

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This page is a profile for the plant species Lotus corniculatus, used to collect records of where and when this plant was observed blooming, and for providing identification information for use in dichotomous keys. If you would like to help collect data for this or other plants, see Bloom clock project/How to Contribute for orientation.