West Highland Flora

Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil


Lotus pedunculatus

Former name: Lotus uliginosus

Lotus pedunculatus

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Common in waste ground and damp grassland

Flowers c 10-12 mm in length

ID: No tendrils.  Calyx-teeth spread away from flower in bud.  A much more upright and bushy plant than Birdsfoot Trefoil.

Other features: Leaves similar to Birdsfoot Trefoil but a greyer shade of green.  Angle between upper two sepal-teeth is V-shaped, in Birdsfoot Trefoil it is U-shaped.

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