Taxon  Report   5040 
Lotus formosissimus  E. Greene  (not an active name; please see Hosackia gracilis)
Coast lotus,  Coastal lotus, Seaside bird's foot trefoil
Lotus formosissimus
© 2005 Bob Huettmann
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Lotus formosissimus, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: [4.2] (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Lotus formosissimus
© 2004 Aaron Schusteff
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Lotus
Mixed Evergreen Forest, Northern Coastal Scrub, Closed-cone Pine Forest, wetland-riparian
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Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS + JM93
TJM2 + CNPS accepted name: Hosackia gracilis
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PLANTS: Hosackia gracilis
NOTE: Lotus formosissimus is not an active name in the Calflora species table.
More information about  Lotus formosissimus
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Commercial availability unknown.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Mar 19, 2018).

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