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Wright's Deer Vetch

Lotus wrightii

Wright's Deer Vetch, Lotus wrightii, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed in open, ponderosa forest on Pinal Peak, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. 29 July 2011.

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FLOWERS: The bright, yellow-orange pea flowers are mostly widely spaced on slender peduncles.

LEAVES: Leaves are three to five parted with leaflets elyptical and tapered to a point.

PERENNIAL: An upright, branching, herbaceous plant mostly less than a meter tall. Regrowing for several years from a root stock.

RANGE: Found in montane habitats through much of Arizona growing especially in sunny areas between trees.

FRUIT: The turgid bean pods turn reddish as they ripen.

UNARMED. No spines.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family

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Arizona Naturalist
Arizona's Ponderosa Woodlands
The Flora of Arizona's Ponderosa Woodlands


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