Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil

Latin Name:

Lotus pedunculatus

Manx Name:

Crow-ein curree


June - August

Locations where this species is found:
Ballachurry Nature Reserve

This plant is very similar in appearance to the Common Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and Meadow Vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis). Its relative size and the shape of its leaves should help to distinguish it from similar plants.

Very common on the island, Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil tends to be more common inland, while Common Bird's-foot Trefoil is more often seen on the coast.

This plant is poisonous and contains hydrogen cyanide, but it is unlikely to be dangerous in small quantities.

The Manx name for this flower is "Crow-ein curree", which means "marsh bird's-foot".
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