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Bird's-foot trefoil


[R] Lotus corniculatus L. (Fabaceae).
Fr: Lotier; Ge: Hornschotenklee; Pt: Trevo aquatico; Sp: Loto; It: Ginestrino.
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- Perennial forage legume, 15 to 20 cm tall (*), more or less creeping and insect pollinated. It is found throughout the world in natural and artificial fields.
- It is most often grown in pure stands, but may be together with cocksfoot or fescue. It is used for hay or pasture.
- Bird's-foot trefoil may be harvested two times during the year of sowing.
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- Diseases: those of forage legumes.
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- Principal European pests: those of forage legumes. The trefoil flower midge, Contarinia loti (de Geer) (Dip., Cécidomyiidae) occasionally affects seed production.

[R] Images

* Birdfoot trefoil (Minost C.)
a: stem; b: stipule; c: leaf pedunculate with 3 to 5 leaflets; d: flowers yellow, on a capitulum with long petiole; e: fruit (pod) elongate.


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