Flora of Northern Ireland
Ornithopus perpusillus
(Map updated: March 2008)

Probably not a native species in Northern Ireland (the earliest record dates from as recently as 1924 and its habitats tend to be man-made such as quarries or sand pits), and not persistent at its recorded sites. The most recent report is from short turf in a sand pit near Ballykelly in 1982.

It is a small prostrate annual with pinnate leaves, pale yellow or white flowers veined with red, and fruits consisting of a group of narrow beaded peapods resembling a bird's foot.

All names: Ornithopus perpusillus L.