Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil - Lotus pedunculatus


    About 40 or 50 cm in height and with a hollow, more or less erect stem. Flowers yellow or orange-yellow 10 to 18 mm in heads of 5 to 12.

    Similar Species

    Lotus corniculatus

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    The stems are hollow, and the 2 upper calyx-teeth on the flowers have an acute angle between them (less than a right-angle).  It is usually hairy, but glabrous forms exist.

    Recording advice

    General photo of plant in habitat; close up of flowers showing calyx-teeth from above, and/or hollow stems


    Damp pastures wet ditches and other damp places.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 308 of the 617 tetrads.

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