Photographer: Merel R. Black
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
Invasive - Eradicate!
|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|