Narrow-leaved Bird's-foot-trefoil - Lotus tenuis


Low to short often prostrate plant. Leaflets linear to lanceolate. Flowers bright yellow, 6 to 12 mm solitary, or in clusters of 2 to 4.

Identification difficulty

Lowland grassy places, disturbed ground.

When to see it

Flowers June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Local in eastern and south eastern England south of the Humber, rarer elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 1 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map