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Birdsfoot trefoil Photo credit: Fredrik Lähnn

Birdsfoot trefoil - (Lotus corniculatus) Lotus corniculatus is a common flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae, native to grassland in temperate Eurasia and North Africa. It is a perennial herbaceous plant, similar in appearance to some clovers. The flowers are mostly visited by bumblebees and develop into small pea-like pods or legumes. The name 'bird's foot' refers to the appearance of the seed pods on their stalk. Five leaflets are present, but with the central three held conspicuously above the others, hence the use of the name 'trefoil'. It is often used as forage and is widely used as food for livestock due to its nonbloating properties.

The height of the plant is variable but generallly around 20cm. It is typically sprawling at the height of the surrounding grassland. It can survive fairly close grazing, trampling, and mowing. It is most often found in sandy soils in fields and along roadsides. It flowers from June to September. The plant has had many common English names in Britain, which are now mostly out of use. These names were often on account of its colour with the yellow and orange colour of the flowers. One name that is still used is bacon and eggs.


Cowberry

Cowberry - (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), also known as lingonberry, or partridgeberry, as well as many other names depending on the region in which it is found. It is a short evergreen shrub in the heath family that bears edible fruit, native throughout the Northern Hemisphere from Eurasia to North America where it is grown commercially. The berries are quite tart, so they are often cooked and sweetened before eating in the form of lingonberry jam, compote, juice, smoothie or syrup. The raw fruits are also frequently simply mashed with sugar, which preserves most of their nutrients and taste.


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