bird's-foot trefoil


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bird's-foot trefoil

or birds·foot trefoil (bûrdz′fo͝ot′)
n.
A perennial herb (Lotus corniculatus) in the pea family native to Eurasia and Africa, having yellow flowers and clusters of pods arranged like the claws of a bird, and widely planted for forage.

bird's-foot trefoil

n
(Plants) any of various creeping leguminous Eurasian plants of the genus Lotus, esp L. corniculatus, with red-tipped yellow flowers and seed pods resembling the claws of a bird. Also called: bacon-and-eggs

bird's′-foot` tre′foil


n.
a plant, Lotus corniculatus, of the legume family, the pods of which spread like a crow's foot: grown for forage.
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Barrett cites two classic studies he finds convincing: Small legumes called bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) end up producing fewer seeds than the number of ovules fertilized.
The first relates to encouraging bees by supporting the late flowering of nectar-rich flowers, such as red clover and bird's-foot trefoil, by cutting half of the area of the farm's nectar flower mixture to 20cm between June 15 and July 7 in areas where there are no ground nesting birds present.
The dunes, mudflats and saltmarshes of the reserve support a wide range of plants and invertebrates and flowers found on the island include herb-robert (Geranium robertianum), bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), thrift (Armeria maritima), bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) and yellow-horned poppies (Glaucium flavum).