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Common name

English: Grey Bird's-foot Trefoil

German: Geißkleeartiger Hornklee

Portuguese: Cornichão-das-areias, Trevo-de-Creta


Kingdom: Plantae (2669)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2583)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2176)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(family description)

          Genus: Lotus (4)

            Epithet: cytisoides L. (1)

Synonyms: Lotus allionii Desv., Lotus creticus L.

allionii => in honor of Carlo Allioni (1728-1804), Italian physician and professor of botany

creticus => from the island of Crete in the Mediterranean

cytisoides => resembling Milk- or Tree-trefoil, Cytisus


Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: xerophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: yellow

External links

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