Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Fabaceae
(Bean Family, Leguminosae)


The Fabaceae are a large family, well represented in the Gila National Forest, with irregular flowers and pinnately or palmately compound leaves. The fruit is a pea-like pod. The flowers are composed of banner, wings, and keel. The keel is made up of two fused petals. The banner looks like two fused petals, but is actually only one petal with two lobes.


Acaciella angustissima (Whiteball Acacia)
Amorpha canescens (Leadplant)
Amorpha fruticosa (False Indigo)
Astragalus allochrous var. allochrous (Hassayampa Milkvetch)
Astragalus cobrensis (Coppermine Milkvetch)
Astragalus gilensis (Gila Milkvetch)
Astragalus humistratus var. humistratus (Groundcover Milkvetch)
Astragalus humistratus var. sonorae (Groundcover Milkvetch)
Astragalus missouriensis var. mimetes (Missouri Milkvetch)
Astragalus mollissimus (Woolly Milkvetch)
Astragalus nuttallianus (Nuttall's Milkvetch)
Astragalus tephrodes (Silverline Locoweed)
Astragalus thurberi (Thurber's Milkvetch)
Caesalpinia gilliesii (Paradise Flower)
Calliandra humilis var. humilis (Fairyduster)
Calliandra humilis var. reticulata (Dwarf Stick Pea)
Chamaecrista nictitans var. leptadenia (Partridge Pea)
Cologania angustifolia (Long Leaf Cologania)
Coronilla varia (Purple Crown Vetch)
Crotalaria pumila (Low Rattlebox)
Dalea albiflora (White Dalea)
Dalea brachystachya (Fort Bowie Prairie Clover)
Dalea candida (White Prairie Clover)
Dalea filiformis (Threadleaf Indigobush)
Dalea formosa (Indigobush)
Dalea jamesii (James's Prairie Clover)
Dalea lachnostachya (Gland Leaf Prairie Clover)
Dalea leporina (Foxtail Dalea)
Dalea nana var. nana (Dwarf Prairie Clover)
Dalea polygonoides (Six Weeks Prairie Clover)
Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)
Desmanthus cooleyi (Bundleflower)
Desmodium batocaulon (San Pedro Tick Trefoil)
Desmodium grahamii (Graham Tick-Clover)
Desmodium neomexicanum (New Mexico Tick Trefoil)
Desmodium rosei (Rose's Tick-Clover)
Gleditsia triacanthos (Honey Locust)
Hoffmannseggia glauca (Hog Potato)
Lathyrus graminifolius (Grass-leaved Peavine)
Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting Pea)
Lathyrus leucanthus (Rocky Mountain Sweet Pea)
Lotus greenei (Greene Lotus, Deervetch)
Lotus humistratus (Hill Lotus)
Lotus purshianus (Pursh's Trefoil)
Lotus wrightii (Red and Yellow Pea, Deervetch)
Lupinus argenteus (Silvery Lupine)
Lupinus brevicaulis (Short-stemmed Lupine)
Lupinus concinnus (Elegant Lupine)
Lupinus kingii (King's Lupine)
Macroptilium gibbosifolium (Orange Stringbean)
Medicago lupulina (Black Medick)
Medicago minima (Little Bur Clover)
Medicago sativa (Alfalfa)
Melilotus albus (White Sweet Clover)
Melilotus officinalis (Yellow Sweet Clover)
Mimosa aculeaticarpa var. biuncifera (Wait-a-Bit)
Mimosa dysocarpa (Velvetpod Mimosa)
Mimosa quadrivalvis var. occidentalis (Western Sensitive Briar)
Oxytropis lambertii (Purple Loco)
Oxytropis sericea var. sericea (Silverleaf Loco)
Phaseolus acutifolius (Tepary Bean)
Phaseolus angustissimus var. angustissimus (Narrow Leaf Bean)
Phaseolus maculatus (Spotted Bean)
Phaseolus parvulus (Pinos Altos Stringbean)
Phaseolus pedicellatus (Gray's Limabean)
Prosopis glandulosa var. torreyana (Honey Mesquite)
Psoralidium tenuiflorum (Slender Scurf Pea)
Rhynchosia senna var. texana (Rosary Bean)
Robinia neomexicana var. rusbyi (New Mexico Locust, Rusby's Locust)
Senna bauhinioides (Twinleaf Senna)
Sophora nuttalliana (Silky Sophora)
Spartium junceum (Spanish Broom)
Thermopsis rhombifolia var. divaricarpa (Golden Pea)
Thermopsis rhombifolia var. montana (Mountain Golden Pea)
Trifolium longipes var. neurophyllum (Long Stalk Clover)
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)
Trifolium repens (White Clover)
Trifolium wormskjoldii (Cusp Clover)
Vachellia constricta var. paucispina (Acacia, Western Whitethorn Acacia)
Vicia americana (American Vetch)
Vicia ludoviciana subsp. ludoviciana (Slim Vetch)
Vicia pulchella (Sweet-clover Vetch)


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