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Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Birdsfoot Deervetch, Eggs and Bacon
Synonyms of Lotus corniculatus: Lotus ambiguus Spreng., Lotus arvensis Pers., Lotus balticus Miniaev, Lotus carpetanus Lacaita, Lotus caucasicus Kuprian., Lotus caucasicus Kuprianova, Lotus ciliatus sensu Schur, Lotus corniculatus subsp. corniculatus L., Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus, Lotus corniculatus var. crassifolia Fr., Lotus corniculatus var. kochii Chrtkova, Lotus corniculatus var. major (Scop.) Brand, Lotus corniculatus var. maritimus Rupr., Lotus japonicus (Regel) K.Larsen, Lotus komarovii Miniaev, Lotus major Scop., Lotus olgae Klokov, Lotus ruprechtii Miniaev, Lotus tauricus Juz., Lotus zhegulensis Klokov
Lotus corniculatus L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this Lotus species. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Accepted infraspecific names of Lotus corniculatus: Lotus corniculatus subsp. callunetorum (Üksip) Tzvelev, Lotus corniculatus subsp. corniculatus, Lotus corniculatus subsp. glacialis (Boiss.) Valdés, Lotus corniculatus subsp. japonicus (Regel) H.Ohashi, Lotus corniculatus subsp. komarovii (Miniaev) Tzvelev, Lotus corniculatus subsp. ruprechtii (Miniaev) Tzvelev
Plants of the World Online lists 123 species in the Lotus genus (as of 3-1-20 when I am updating this page). It is a member of the Fabaceae Family with 760 genera. Those numbers will change.
The above distribution map of Lotus corniculatus is from Plants of the World Online. It shows where the species is naive in green, purple where it has been introduced, and gold where it is doubtful. The species is probably more widespread but hasn’t been reported.
I also include the USDA Plants Database map for North America because it is quite a bit different than what the map on WFO shows. My farm is located in Pettis County in Missouri(Henry Couty is across the street).
There are several links at the bottom of the page for further reading and to help with positive ID.
I always wondered what those yellow flowers were growing along the highways and backroads were. They grow right along the pavement or gravel. One day when I was going to a friend’s farm I took the camera along because there were a few plants I needed to photograph along the way. The plants growing along the highways turned out to be Lotus corniculatus. Common names include Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Birdsfoot Deervetch, Eggs and Bacon and likely others.
I will update this page with descriptions and more photos of leaves and stems in 2020.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.
NOTE: Plants of the World Online is the most up-to-date database. It is very hard for some to keep with name changes these days so you may find a few discrepancies between the websites. Just be patient. Hopefully, someday they will be in harmony. 🙂