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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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