Lotus tenuis

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Lotus tenuis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Loteae
Genus: Lotus
Species: L. tenuis
Binomial name
Lotus tenuis
Waldst. & Kit. ex Willd.[1]

Lotus glaber Mill.
L. corniculatus subsp. tenuifolius L.

Lotus tenuis is a flowering plant of the pea family Fabaceae, native to western and southern Europe and southwest Asia. Some botanists treat it as a subspecies of Lotus corniculatus, as L. corniculatus subsp. tenuifolius.

Its tolerance of salt and poor soil make this plant useful for marginal conditions. It has become naturalised in many other locations, including the Pampas of Argentina, and parts of the United States.

Common names include narrowleaf trefoil,[2] narrow-leaved bird's-foot-trefoil,[3] slender trefoil, creeping trefoil, or prostrate trefoil.


  1. ^ Lotus tenuis, ITIS report
  2. ^ "Lotus tenuis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 

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