Scientific Name:
Lotus angustissimus L.
Vernacular Name(s):
Slender birdsfoot trefoil

Annual; stems usually sparsely to moderately pilose, sometimes glabrous, hollow, prostrate to erect, not woody at base. Lvs usually moderately to densely pilose, rarely glabrous, sessile; leaflets obovate, elliptic or lanceolate, acute, cuneate to obtuse at base, (2)–3–10–(12) mm long, lacking conspicuous lateral veins. Peduncles < to somewhat > lvs, up to 40 mm long. Infl. 1–2–(3)-flowered. Calyx usually sparsely to moderately pilose, sometimes glabrous; calyx teeth ± equal, linear-lanceolate, usually = or > tube. Corolla yellow, 6–8–(9) mm long; keel ± right angled at about middle or above. Pod straight or slightly curved, rounded, not winged, (15)–20–30–(35) × 1–1.5–(2) mm; seeds c. 1 mm diam.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Nov.–May.