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Hoffmannseggia glauca (Ortega) Eifert
Indian Rushpea, Indian Rush-pea
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Hoffmannseggia densiflora, Hoffmannseggia densiflora var. capitata, Hoffmannseggia densiflora var. demissa, Hoffmannseggia densiflora var. pringlei, Hoffmannseggia densiflora var. stricta, Hoffmannseggia falcaria
USDA Symbol: hogl2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A low plant growing in patches, with pinnately compound leaves and bilaterally symmetrical, yellow-orange flowers in glandular racemes.
This plant has small, edible swellings on the roots that provide good nourishment for many animals and were also used as food by Native Americans. The Spanish name, Camote de Raton, means mouse's sweet potato.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , KS , NM , NV , OK , TX
Native Distribution: Southern California east to southern Colorado and Texas, and south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: In open, alkaline areas; common along roads and as an agricultural weed.
National Wetland Indicator Status
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hoffmannseggia glauca in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hoffmannseggia glauca in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hoffmannseggia glauca
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-30
Research By: TWC Staff