One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European plant of the pea family, which bears pods shaped like the foot of a bird.
Ornithopus perpusillus, family Leguminosae
- ‘The bird's-foot violet is a small perennial plant that flowers in the spring and again in the fall.’
- ‘In Ontario, the bird's-foot violet is found only in the southwest where it grows in several small scattered populations in open black oak savanna habitat.’
- ‘We must linger for a moment more, for just at the top of the bank I see the little bird's foot (Ornithopus perpussillus).’
- ‘The bird's foot violet (Viola pedata) is a spring and autumn flowering perennial herb named for its finely dissected leaves which resemble the splayed toes of a bird.’
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