What plant is that?

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Birdsfoot -trefoil plantBirdsfoot-trefoilBirdsfoot-trefoil seeds
Photos: ©David G. Smith, http://www.delawarewildflowers.org

Our mystery plant for this month is a yellow-flowered perennial with compound leaves of 5 leaflets. The flowers are umbel-like on long peduncles.  The 5-8 fruits are pod shaped, about 1-1.5 inches long and give this plant its common name. This plant blooms from June to September. It grows in various habitats such as waste places and along powerlines.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
 
Lotus corniculatus
Common Name:
  Birdsfoot-trefoil
Family:
  Fabaceae (Bean Family)
Habitat:
  Disturbed open areas

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