Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

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

Lotus humistratus Greene
(Hill Lotus, Foothill Trefoil)

Family: Fabaceae

Status: Native

Anisolotus brachycarpus (Bentham) Rydberg
Anisolotus trispermus (Greene) Wooton & Standley
Hosackia brachycarpa Bentham
Lotus trispermus Greene

Lotus humistratus is a prostrate perennial which is densely hairy. It has pods under a centimeter in length. The flowers are frequently bicolored with yellow and orange-red, and are partially hidden in the foliage as they are nearly sessile. Lotus humistratus is found on dry ground in lower elevations.
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Lotus humistratus, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., WD Ranch Road, Apr. 21, 2007

Lotus humistratus, detail of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., WD Ranch Road, March 14, 2009

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