Lotus angustissimus L.

Slender Bird's-foot Trefoil

Sp. Pl. 774 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect or ascending annual (rarely perennial) herb; stems to 50 cm long, with dense long spreading hairs; lower stems glabrescent. Leaflets somewhat dimorphic, pilose; basal 2 ovate, 3–12 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, apices acute; terminal 3 obovate to oblanceolate, 3–16 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, apices acute. Inflorescences mostly 1–4-flowered; peduncle 0.5–5 cm long; calyx campanulate, 3.5–6 mm long, pilose; teeth erect in bud, about equal, longer than tube; corolla 4–8 mm long, yellow; standard obovate, equal to or shorter than keel; keel with sharp right-angle bend on lower edge near middle, beak straight. Pod terete, 1–3 cm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, sometimes slightly curved, virtually glabrous; seeds 7–23, globose, c. 1 mm long, brown. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *OtR, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to Eurasia, the Middle East, northern Africa. First noted in Victoria c. 1945, now widely established, mainly in higher rainfall areas on damp sandy soils.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Lotus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lotus angustissimus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lotus angustissimus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present introduced
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales