Irish wildflowers

Birds-foot, Ornithopus perpusillus
Photos: Rock Island, Co.Cork

Birds-foot, Ornithopus perpusillus

Birds-foot
Ornithopus perpusillus
Crúba éin
Family: Fabaceae

Flowering time: May-August. Annual. Native.

Tiny white-cream flowers with pink-red veins. Usually 2-6 per head. Seed pods are curved, beaked and constricted, 4-9 segments. Spreading like birds foot. Pinnate leaves with oval-oblong leaflets. Downy or hairy plants. More/less prostrate, spreading. Size very variable, stems can be 2-40cm long.

Dry sandy, open ground. Rare in Ireland, found near SW, SE, E coasts.
Also recorded from Co. Derry.
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Birds-foot, Ornithopus perpusillus
Birds-foot, Ornithopus perpusillus. June 2009

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