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, 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

Bloom Period
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Lotus
Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Communities: Mixed Evergreen Forest, Northern Coastal Scrub, Closed-cone Pine Forest, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

JEF + CNPS other name:
Hosackia gracilis

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Hosackia gracilis
NOTE: Lotus formosissimus is no longer an active name.
More information about  Lotus formosissimus
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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: Oct 19, 2019).