Lotus wrightii (A. Gray) Greene
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Hosackia wrightii
USDA Symbol: LOWR
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitWarning: 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 InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lotus wrightii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lotus wrightii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lotus wrightii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-06-25
Research By: TWC Staff