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Dorycnium hirsutum

(Hairy Canary Clover)

Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Hairy Canary Clover

Common Names in German:

Rauhhaariger Backenklee


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Family Fabaceae

The Fabaceae are herbs, vines , shrubs , trees , and lianas found in both temperate and tropical areas. They comprise one of the largest families of flowering plants , numbering 630 genera and 18,000 species. The leaves are stipulate , nearly always alternate, and range from bipinnately or palmately compound to simple . The petiole base is commonly enlarged into a pulvinus that commonly functions in orientation of the leaves (sometimes very responsively, as in the sensitive plant, Mimosa pudica). The flowers are usually bisexual , actinomorphic to zygomorphic, slightly to strongly perigynous, and commonly in racemes , spikes, or heads . The perianth commonly consists of a calyx and corolla of 5 segments each. The androecium consists of commonly 1- many stamens (most commonly 10), distinct or variously united , sometimes some of them reduced to staminodes. The pistil is simple, often stipitate , comprising a single style and stigma, and a superior ovary with one locule containing 2-many marginal ovules. The fruit is usually a legume, sometimes a samara, loment, follicle, indehiscent pod, achene, drupe, or berry. The seeds often have a hard coat with hourglass-shaped cells , and sometimes bear a u-shaped line called a pleurogram. [Carr]

Physical Description

Habit: Herb, ShrubClimbing: Not Climbing


Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 3,869 meters (0 to 12,694 feet).[1]


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Duration: Perennial


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Bonjeanea hirsuta (L.)rchb. • Bonjeania hirsuta (L.)rchb. • Lotus hirsutus L.


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Comment: Climbing : Not climbing, Conservation Status: Not Threatened, Habit: Herb, Habit: Shrub , Lifespan: Perennial

Last scrutiny: Mar-2001

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Dorycnium

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 3 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

D. hirsutum (Hairy Canary Clover) · D. pentaphyllum (Prostrate Canary Clover) · D. pentaphyllum gracile (Prostrate Canary Clover)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal January 27, 2008:



  1. Mean = 146.880 meters (481.890 feet), Standard Deviation = 576.270 based on 44,742 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2014-11-20