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Bloody Basin Rd - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Lotus humistratus - foothill deervetch

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Fabaceae

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Bloody Basin Rd
Sue Smith
Bloody Basin Rd
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Bloody Basin Rd
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Very common plant in deserts and grasslands; forms dense, low-growing mats made up of hairy, succulent-looking small leaves and even tinier flowers. The leaves are very important to the desert tortoise, comprising a third of the tortoise's spring diet.
Identification notes: Decumbent to ascending stems, soft hairy leaves, solitary 7mm long flowers that are sessile or nearly so and gland-like stipules distinguish this from other Lotus sp.
Height: 2 to 4 inches


Habitat Description: Desert scrub, grasslands, oak/pinyon/juniper woodlands; rocky slopes, flats, along roads.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: Below 5500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Irregular not in clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Mar - Jun
Description: Tiny pea-like flowers, 1/8 inch long, turning red with age.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Palmate     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Very hairy leaves, 1/2 inch long, are palmate, divided into four tiny oval leaflets with pointed tips.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Tan   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Erect oblong tan pod, 1/2 inch long.

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