Lotus subbiflorus

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Lotus subbiflorus
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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. subbiflorus
Binomial name
Lotus subbiflorus

L. suaveolens Pers., L. hispidus auct. non DC, L. parviflorus auct. non Desf.[1]

Lotus subbiflorus, hairy bird's-foot trefoil,[2] is a flowering plant of the pea family Fabaceae.

It is a finely hairy annual plant, growing in dry, sandy ground, often near the sea, and producing sprawling stems with clusters of two to four lemon-yellow pea-type flowers, often with some borne inverted.


Its native distribution is in southern and western Europe and North Africa.[3] It occurs as a scarce plant in south-west England, southern Wales, southern Ireland and in the Channel Islands.[1] It also occurs as an introduced species in Hawaii[4] and Australia.[3]


  1. ^ a b C. A. Stace, Interactive Flora of the British Isles, a Digital Encyclopaedia: Lotus subbiflorus. ISBN 90-75000-69-3. (Online version)
  2. ^ "Lotus subbiflorus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Florabase, the Western Australia Flora
  4. ^ USDA