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Garden Bird's-foot-trefoil - Lotus corniculatus

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Taprooted perennial with a branched crown. Stems simple or branched, ascending to prostrate, 15–60 cm. Herbage glabrous to sparsely strigose. Leaves sessile, with 5 oblanceolate leaflets, 5–15 mm long. Inflorescence a long-pedunculate few-flowered umbel subtended by a trifoliolate bract. Flowers yellow, sometimes red-tinged; calyx tube 2–3 mm long with linear sepals 1–3 mm long; banner 6–10 mm long; keel 8–12 mm long. Legume 2–4 cm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Introduced for forage and to stabilize road banks throughout much of N. America; native to Eurasia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 11

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Garden Bird's-foot-trefoil — Lotus corniculatus.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from