Hairy Birdsfoot Trefoil: a scarce trefoil | Nature Notes from Dorset

Hairy Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus subbiflorus) is a scarce plant in Britain where it occurs on sandy soils near the sea; the heath of Dorset has sandy soil and so this little flower does occur occasionally. It is right on the northern edge of its range here and is much more common across the channel.
It is a small plant and has the classic pea-shaped flower that its cousin, common birdsfoot trefoil produces however the flowers are smaller than in common birdsfoot trefoil and a little more lemon coloured when fully out. The flower head clusters contain fewer flowers and the sepals and stem have distinct hairs, hence hairy birdsfoot trefoil.

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