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Lotus wrightii (Wright's deervetch)
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Lotus wrightii

Lotus wrightii (A. Gray) Greene

Wright's Deervetch

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Hosackia wrightii


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A dark green plant with several erect stems, stalkless pinnately compound leaves, and on slender stalks growing from leaf axils 1 or a few deep yellow "pea flowers."

Wright's Deer-vetch is a favored browse for deer and domestic livestock. Like many species of the pea family, it has an intricate method of pollination that generally requires the aid of insects.

The species name of this plant is for Charles Wright, 1811-1885, world-wide botanical collector but mainly in Texas (1837-1852), Cuba and his native Connecticut.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CO , NM , UT
Native Distribution: Southeastern California to southern Utah and Colorado; south to New Mexico and Arizona.
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes, mainly among pinon and juniper.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low


Warning: This plant is reportedly poisonous to animals if ingested. Humans should generally avoid ingesting plants that are toxic to animals.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2008-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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