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Lotus benthamii (Bentham's broom)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Lotus benthamii

Lotus benthamii Greene

Bentham's Broom, Bentham's Deerweed, Sonoma Bird's-foot-trefoil, Bentham's Deervetch

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Hosackia cystoides

USDA Symbol: LOBE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Perennial. Sprawling to ascending. Stems glabrous to strigose. Leaves irregularly palmate or pinnate.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Pinnate , Palmate
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Ovate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Terminal , Umbel
Flower:
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink
Bloom Notes: Petals are white to pink, often with dark pink to red striations.

Distribution

USA: CA
Native Distribution: Endemic to beaches and coastal slopes of central California.
Native Habitat: California Coastal Strand, California Northern Coastal Scrub

Bibliography

Bibref 1229 - California Native Plant Link Exchange (online) (2009) http://www.cnplx.info/index.html
Bibref 7 - Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California (1993) Hickman, J.C. (ed.)

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Lotus benthamii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lotus benthamii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lotus benthamii

Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-01-13
Research By: Joseph Marcus

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