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Lotus plebeius (New mexico bird's-foot trefoil)
Brundage, Stephanie

Lotus plebeius

Lotus plebeius (Brandegee) Barneby

New Mexico Bird's-foot Trefoil, Pine Deervetch, Longbract Bird's-foot Trefoil

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Hosackia puberula var. nana, Lotus longebracteatus, Lotus neomexicanus, Lotus oroboides, Lotus oroboides var. nanus, Lotus oroboides var. nummularius, Lotus ×nummularius

USDA Symbol: LOPL2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

An inconspicuous ground-hugging plant, pine deervetch is about 1 foot across with runners extending farther. It has masses of bright yellow flowers, about 1/2 inch long and typical of the legume family. They turn reddish-orange, especially on the underside, as they mature. They are most attractive, especially considering its size and the fact that it is often found where nothing else grows. Each flower stem has 1-3 flowers. The leaves have as many as 13 segments and may be thin and pointed or thick and blunt.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AZ , NM , NV , TX , UT

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-09-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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