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Aspen Creek Tr - Sue Smith


Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Lotus wrightii - Wright's deervetch

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Fabaceae


   
 
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Flowers
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Leaves
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Leaves
Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Granite Mtn - Tr 308
Sue Smith
Plant - summer
Aspen Creek Tr
Sue Smith
Seed pod
Willow Dells Tr
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: This perennial is distinguished by its relatively tall, upright herbaceous stems from a slightly woody base; yellowish pea flowers suffused with red found in the leaf axils; nearly stalkless palmately compound leaves. Favored browse for deer.
Identification notes: Woody based perennial; stems above not rigid or woody; stem internodes less than twice the length of the leaves. Flowers yellow or orange, up to 3/4 inch long. Flower stems shorter than the leaves or absent. Leaves digitate, stipules absent.
Height: 8 to 16 inches


Habitat

Habitat Description: Found in oak and pine forests.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 4500 - 9000 feet


Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow or orange or red     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: Pea-like yellow flower, up to 3/4 inch long, turning orange or red when pollinated, solitary or in clusters of 2 to 3 in the leaf axils; upper petal is rust colored below and flares backward.


Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Palmate     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Palmate leaves are divided into 3 to 6 oblong narrow leaflets of differing sizes from 1/4 to 1/2 inch long; rough-hairy.


Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Greenish-red to brown   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Fruit is a slender pod about 1 inch long with a rough, hairy surface.
Seed Notes: Seeds are pea-like.



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