Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

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Family Fabaceae
Lotus corniculatus L.
bird's-foot deer-vetch, bird's-foot trefoil
Lotus: from Greek and originally applied to a fruit which was said to make those who tasted it forget their homes
corniculatus: horned
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Status: Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive
Plant: erect to drooping, perennial, 6"-24" tall, mostly smooth forb; taprooted
Flower: yellow turning orange with brick-red marks, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" long; inflorescence a long-stalked, rounded, head-like cluster (umbel) of 4 to 8 stalked flowers from the upper leaf axils; blooms June-Aug.
Leaf:mostly stalkless, 5-parted with the lower 2 leaflets separated from the other 3 crowded leaflets
Habitat: disturbed sites

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Lotus corniculatus L. var. arvensis (Schkuhr) Ser. ex DC.

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