Taxon  Report   11752    
Hosackia gracilis  Benth.
Harlequin lotus
Hosackia gracilis
© 2012 Neal Kramer
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Hosackia gracilis
© 2017 James Gonsman
Hosackia gracilis
© 2018 Emily Allen
Hosackia gracilis, 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 Lotus formosissimus
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 4.2 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Hosackia gracilis
© 2013 James Gonsman
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Hosackia
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 JEF + CNPS

PLANTS accepted name:
Lotus formosissimus

Alternate Names:
ICPN + CNPS: Lotus formosissimus
More information about  Hosackia gracilis
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria


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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 16, 2019).