Lotus uliginosus Schkuhr

Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil

Bot. Handb. 2: 412 (1796) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Prostrate or ascending perennial herb; stems to 80 cm long, with sparse spreading hairs. Leaflets dimorphic, sparsely pilose; basal 2 ovate, 8–12 mm long, 2–9 mm wide, apices acute; terminal 3 obovate, 4–25 mm long, 3–15 mm wide, apices usually obtuse. Inflorescences mostly 8–14-flowered; peduncle 3–12 cm long; calyx campanulate, 5–7 mm long, sparsely pilose, teeth spreading with upper 2 separated by an acute sinus in bud, about equal, shorter than or as long as tube; corolla 10–12 mm long, yellow with red veins; standard obovate to orbicular, equal to keel; keel strongly upturned, obtusely bent on lower edge at base, beak long and straight, shiny. Pod terete, 1.5–3.5 cm long, 1.5–2 mm wide, glabrous; seeds 8–20, subglobose, ovoid or reniform, c. 1 mm long, brown, shiny. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *MonT, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Europe, northern Africa. Scattered widely through higher rainfall parts of Victoria, mostly in pastures on poorly drained 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, 2019-08-02
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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 uliginosus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lotus uliginosus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands 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
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory