Calflora
Taxon  Report   5040 
Lotus formosissimus  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, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
also called Hosackia gracilis

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Lotus formosissimus
© 2004 Aaron Schusteff
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Lotus
Communities:
Mixed Evergreen Forest, Northern Coastal Scrub, Closed-cone Pine Forest, wetland-riparian
Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands
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Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS + JM93
ICPN + 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
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (LOFO2)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

Search the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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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: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Aug 18, 2018).

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