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Bird's-foot, Ornithopus perpusillus Family: Fabaceae
Ornithopus perpusillus     *     Bird's-foot

Flowering time: May - August. Annual

Habitat: Frequent in most of England and Wales on dry stony or sandy ground, dunes and grassland. It becomes less frequent further north and is rare in Ireland.

A downy, more or less prostrate, spreading plant, the tiny whitish-cream flowers with pink-red veins. The seed pods are curved, beaked and constricted into 4-9 segments, resembling a birds foot. Pinnate leaves. Height is variable, the stems 2-40cm long.


Bird's-foot, Ornithopus perpusillus       Bird's-foot, Ornithopus perpusillus

Bird's-foot, Ornithopus perpusillus
Dorset. September 2007

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