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Bird's Foot Trefoil (Lotus Corniculatus)... by Larry Trupp

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This was taken at FortWhyte our Nature Center on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi, lens Sigma 150mm, APO Macro, F stop: F/5.6 Exposure: 1/1000 sec. Focal length: 150.0 mm Flash: flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode (16) Shutter speed (Tv): 10

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Wildflowers of North America /3/day on 30 August 2009.

Bird’s Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)…

Size:…6-24 in. tall..flower about 1/2 inch wide.

What to look for:…flowers yellow to orange, in clusters, plants erect or sprawling: leaflets in 5’s (three at tip of stalk, 2 at base).

Habitat:…Roadsides, meadows and fields.

In bloom:…June to September.

This fascinating little legume is named for the shape of its seedpod which looks like the claw foot of a bird. Introduced for agricultural uses, this *wildflower is now a common roadside plant in much of the United States and Canada. It often invades lawns, and when mowed along with the grass, will bloom at heights as low as 2 inches! If left to grow on its own, it makes mounded clumps reaching up to about 2 feet, and creating an attractive groundcover. Unlike most agricultural legumes, it does not spread rapidly. However, like yarrow, Birdsfoot Trefoil is best used as a clump or specimen planting, rather than as part of a mixture. If it’s used heavily in a mixture, it’s so tough it tends to take over the whole meadow in a few years…

Note: The ancient Greeks called many plants “lotus” including trees, including trees, shrubs, water plants, and perhaps some members of this group. The Birds Foot Trefoil is a European import that has spread across our continent.*

>>Information gleaned from Reader,s Digest in their Wildflowers section.

A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Larry. Bright, vivid colour contrasting very nicely with a background green. Great DOF too.

  • Thanks Teresa, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • BigD
    BigDover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture and the Whitetails love it when feeding, Larry

  • Thank you David.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Larry!! I love everything about this one…color, lighting and composition!! Well done!!!

  • Thanks Blair, always appreciate your comments, my good friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrover 5 years ago

    fabulous, looks wonderful in the black frame to the right.

  • Much appreciated Di, as usual

    – Larry Trupp

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful little flower……………….
    pretty sure I haven’t seen this species in Alberta woods or fields………………
    MARVELOUS capture and really enjoy your informative writeup Larry!
    cheers, Rose :))))

  • Thanks Rosie, always appreciated my Dear

    – Larry Trupp

  • Angelsmurf
    Angelsmurfover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Larry !!

  • Thanks Ruth

    – Larry Trupp

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartover 5 years ago

    beautiful contrasting colors. – Dennis

  • Much appreciated Dennis

    – Larry Trupp

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 5 years ago

    Great DOF Larry.

  • Thanks ever so much Al.

    – Larry Trupp

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 5 years ago

    Splendid image of the trefoil Larry, and love the background. >< Ron

  • Much appreciated Bud…thanks

    – Larry Trupp

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 5 years ago

    I love this little wildflower, I took some pics of some last Sunday, Great minds eh !!
    hugs Ann

  • Thanks Ann, much appreciated…I have to find some time to visit your page soon.

    – Larry Trupp

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