Calflora
Taxon  Report   11752    
Hosackia gracilis  Benth.
Harlequin lotus
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
California Rare Plant Rank: 4.2 (limited distribution).   8th Edition
Observation Hotline
(observation details)
one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Bloom Period
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Hosackia
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 JEF + CNPS

PLANTS accepted name:
Lotus formosissimus

Alternate Names:
ICPN + CNPS: Lotus formosissimus
More information about  Hosackia gracilis
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (LOFO2)

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

Landscape information from Calscape

Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images

Consortium of California Herbaria


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: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Feb 23, 2019).