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Lotus ornithopodioides
Lotus ornithopodioides
Southern Bird's-foot-trefoil
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0223 0976 (2023-02-27)

Copyright © 2023 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  Apr 26, 2006
  • latitude 44.38000   longitude 14.78500     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Adriatic Sea region; island Olib, northeast outskirts of village Olib, at the beginning of the road to Slatinica bay, Zadar archipelago (Zadar region, Croatia)
  • family Fabaceae
  • notes   Slo.: ptičja nokota - Habitat: road side, abandoned agricultural land, semiruderal, calcareous ground; sunny place; average precipitations ~ 1.000 mm/year, average temperature 13-14 deg C, elevations 23 m (75 feet), Sub-Mediterranean phytogeographical region. - Substratum: soil. - Comments (pertain to pictures in Flicker album Lotus ornithopodioides): Lotus ornithopodioides is a low, warmth loving, annual plant distributed mainly around Mediterranean Sea. It belongs to the pea (legume) family (Fabaceae), which is very large, comprising about 40 genera in Slovenia and Croatia. Genus Lotus has more than 15 species but doesn't count among the largest. All these plants have distinctive but similar, 5-petalled, symmetric flowers and pods of different shapes. In spite of the fact that, there are many similar plants with yellow flowers, Lotus ornithopodioides can be recognized quite easily. It has only a few (most often four) flowers in its heads (inflorescence), most often rhombic leaves, which are the broadest above the half length of the leaves), hairy stem, 2-lipped calix with unequal length of dents and very long, flattened (not round in cross-section) pods, which are markedly constricted between seeds, so one can easily count them without opening the pod. This is not seen from my picture, which shows not yet ripe pods where the seeds are not yet developed fully. - Ref.: (1) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 308. (2) T. Nikolić, Flora Croatica, Vaskularna flora Republike Hrvatske, Vol. 2. Alfa d.d.. Zagreb (2020) p 791. (3) M. Blamey, C. Grey-Wilson, Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, A & C Black, London (2005), p 100.
  • camera   Nikon D70 /Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_0117/2006_DSC0208
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Southern Bird's-foot-trefoil (photographer)
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