Taxon  Report   5040    
Lotus formosissimus  Greene  (no longer an active name; please see Hosackia gracilis)
Coast lotus,  Coastal lotus, Seaside bird's foot trefoil
Lotus formosissimus
© 2004 Aaron Schusteff
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
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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Plant Characteristics
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Lotus formosissimus
© 2005 Bob Huettmann
Communities: Mixed Evergreen Forest, Northern Coastal Scrub, Closed-cone Pine Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

ICPN + CNPS accepted name:
Hosackia gracilis

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Hosackia gracilis
NOTE: Lotus formosissimus is no longer 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 Google Images

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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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: Oct 22, 2018).

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