Lotus corniculatu
birds-foot trefoil

Lotus corniculatu
Lotus corniculatu
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Lotus corniculatu
Common name: birds-foot trefoil
Group: dicot
Family: Fabaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: introduced
Plant height: 6 - 18"
Foliage: leaflets 5, entire
Flower: yellow, 1/2" long
Flowering time: June - October
Habitat: weed of open, distributed ground of fields, meadows, roadsides
Range in New Jersey: local through north Jersey; Hough shows old record in Camden, but recent photo above taken in Cape May county.
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Used in agriculture as a forage plant.