Description from Flora of China
Herbs, perennial, prostrate, mat-forming, 0.3-1.8 m wide. Stems slender, decumbent, branching and rooting at nodes, glabrous or sparsely puberulent. Stipules ovate, 4-10 mm, one smaller than other, base auriculate, apex acute. Leaves 3-foliolate, apical one larger; petiole 6-7.5 mm; leaflet blades linear-elliptic to lanceolate, 1.5-4 × 0.6-1 cm, glabrous or sparsely puberulent, base cuneate, apex rounded and mucronate. Inflorescences umbellate heads, 8-12-flowered; bracts and bracteoles minute, inconspicuous; peduncle to 25 cm. Flowers sessile. Calyx 3-4 mm. Corolla bright yellow, ca. 1 cm; standard orbicular to oblong, long clawed; wings obliquely ovate to oblong; keel 8-9 mm, incurved and obtuse, longer than standard. Legume linear, 7-12 × 2-3 mm, white villous, with a curved beak. Seeds ca. 1 mm in diam.
Lotononis bainesii is widely grown as a fodder crop. It is particularly suitable for red lateritic soils.
Cultivated in Taiwan [native to S Africa].