Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Bird's-foot-trefoil - Lotus corniculatus   L.
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DistributionScattered across the state. First collected from a pasture in Iredell County in 1937. Apparently slow to colonize new sites.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. throughout, except for LA, MS, FL, SC.
AbundanceRare to locally uncommon. However, individual populations may be large locally, such as between Rodanthe and Salvo on the Outer Banks.
HabitatRoadsides, roadbanks, pastures, sandy creek bank.
PhenologyFlowering May-July.
IdentificationBird's-foot-trefoil is a tufted to sprawling plant, the stems radiating from a central point. The leaves are well-spaced, divided into 3 oblanceolate leaflets. The flowers are terminal, golden yellow, and clustered.
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