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
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.
It was included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list [4.2] (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   7th Edition  /  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
Wetlands:Usually occurs in wetlands, but occasionally found in non wetlands [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
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Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS + JM93
TJM2 + CNPS accepted name: Hosackia gracilis
 NOTE: Lotus formosissimus is not an active name in the Calflora species table.
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Location Suitability

Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.


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Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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International Plants Names Index

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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]. 2015. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Oct 09, 2015).

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