Lotus humistratus Greene
Foothill Deervetch, Hill Lotus
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Hosackia brachycarpa
USDA Symbol: LOHU2
This common weed in California is attractive when covered with hundreds of deep yellow flowers. The similar Chilean Birdsfoot Trefoil (L. subpinnatus) has almost no hairs and grows on Californias dry grassy slopes. It is one of nearly 100 plants of various genera also found in Chile and Argentina but not in the intervening thousands of miles. This natural distribution has yet to be satisfactorily explained.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , OR , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Most of California east across southern Nevada to southwestern Utah, Arizona, and western New Mexico; also in central Idaho.
Native Habitat: Disturbed ground, roadsides, riverbanks, gullies, trails, old fields, and vacant lots from low to moderate elevations.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lotus humistratus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lotus humistratus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lotus humistratus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-12-16
Research By: TWC Staff