Fabaceae, the pea, bean, or legume family.
Plant: Low, often prostrate or creeping plant, highly branched, extending to 12" or more, with clover-like leaves and pealike yellow flowers in small clusters. Perennial
Flowers: Yellow, classic pea-shape, with bilateral symmetry, about 1/2", in small terminal clusters (technically umbels). Sometimes turning orange with age or dry conditions.
Leaves: Opposite, compound, with three obovate, 1/2" leaflets and two small leaflike stipules at the base of the stem.
Fruit: Elongated pods, about 1", in splayed clusters of 3-7, resembling a bird's foot.
Habitat: Lawns, fields.
Introduced from Europe, this clover relative often forms bright yellow
patches in lawns and adjacent to pavement.
It is often considered a weed.
The common name comes from the arrangement of the seed pods, which
resembles a bird's foot.
Where to find it:
Common in lawns in the park.