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Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus

Basic information
Scientific name Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus

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Common names Birdsfoot trefoil
Higher taxon Fabaceae, Fabales, Magnoliopsida, Magnoliophyta
Natural range Europe.
Habitat Urban area.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Almost entire Japan Range in Japan
Date The first record of establishment in Japan was in 1970s at Hokkaido and Nagano Prefs.
Route Deliberate: As pasture plant and for greening
Impact Competition with native species. This species may have infested, although the native congener L. c. var. japonicus have reduced due to habitat loss. This could change distributions and demography of some insects feeding on this species.
Affected organism: Native variety L. c. var. japonicus, insects feeding on this species.
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries Worldwide.
Reference Notes
  • Osada (1976) Colored Illustrations of Naturalized Plants of Japan. Hoikusha, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • etc.