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Foothill Deervetch

Lotus humistratus

Foothill Deervetch, Lotus humistratus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed near Vulture Peak, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. March 2008.

ANNUAL: Low-growing and often rather small annual of spring. With very good moisture supply plants can reach 60 cm across; i.e. the plant is mostly prostrate.

LEAVES: Compound leaves usu. with a dense covering of soft hairs.

FLOWERS: Small, bright yellow pea-flowers.

FRUIT: Dry bean pods just a cm or less long and with a few minute bean-seeds. Just before maturity pods are reddish.

RANGE: Frequent throughout the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico on rocky slopes and wash banks, but absent in years with inadequate rainfall.

UNARMED. No spines.

Fabaceae -- Bean Family

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