birds-foot trefoil

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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FIELDS IN JUNE SUNSHINE: wandering through green lanes and along wild flower verges, stitchwort glows white alongside red campion, viper's bugloss splashes the paths with blue, butter-yellow birds-foot trefoil peeps through long grasses.
The caterpillar, although conspicuous with its greenish-yellow and black markings when it is feeding on Birds-foot Trefoil, its favoured food plant, is seldom very obvious to the casual observer.
The recent work in Fenny Compton with British Waterways has seen a series of "butterfly banks" created along the Oxford Canal, with kidney vetch and birds-foot trefoil providing the perfect living and breeding conditions for the butterflies.
They are very much dependent on birds-foot trefoil as a food plant for their caterpillars, which has been found growing near by.