Scientific Name:
Ornithopus L., Sp. Pl. 743-744 (1753)

Herbs.  Lvs imparipinnate, stipulate; leaflets numerous, entire, with lateral veins not reaching the margin.  Infl. axillary, capitate or umbellate, long-pedunculate; head subtended by a leafy bract or with minute bracts and bracteoles.  Calyx tubular or campanulate; calyx teeth 5, subequal or the upper 2 somewhat connate.  Corolla white, pink or yellow, sometimes with red or pink stripes.  Vexillary stamen free, remainder connate; anthers uniform.  Style inflexed; stigma capitate.  Pod lomentaceous, compressed or subterete, curved or straight, veined or smooth, indehiscent, constricted or not between segments; seeds oblong.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Ornithopus L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised3
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.