Bird's-foot - Ornithopus perpusillus


Tiny, low, prostrate, hairy plant. Leaflets 7 to 13 pairs, elliptical to oblong. Flowers white or pink, 3 to 5 mm, in heads of 3 to 8. Bracts with 5 to 9 leaflets, longer than the flowers.

Photo ID?

Open patches of short turf, waste and arable ground, generally on rather dry, acid or gravelly soil.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales, scarcer elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 14 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map