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Common Name: Serradella
Ornithopus sativus is a Annual/Perennial up to 0.70 metres tall.
It has miscellaneous uses.
South-western Europe. Naturalized in south-west Britain.
Along the sides of roads and as a weed of cultivated ground[
]. Naturalized on china clay waste in south-eastern Cornwall.
This species is occasionally cultivated as a green manure crop[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
A good green manure crop, fixing atmospheric nitrogen and forming a good weed-excluding ground cover[