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Crown Vetch is another introduced plant from abroad that has run amuk in the countryside. It is an attractive plant with distinctive umbels of pink flowers. Other members of the Bean family usually produce racemes of flowers, or they have flowerheads consisting of tiny tubular flowers (e.g., clovers). Another introduced species that is quite common, Lotus corniculata (Birdsfoot Trefoil), produces similar umbels of flowers. However, these flowers are bright yellow or yellow-orange and its leaves are trifoliate.

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