Lotus nuttallianus

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Lotus nuttallianus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Loteae
Genus: Lotus
Species: L. nuttallianus
Binomial name
Lotus nuttallianus

Lotus nuttallianus is a species of legume known by the common names beach lotus, Nuttall's lotus, and wire bird's-foot trefoil. It is native to Baja California and just into San Diego County, California, where it is a resident of coastal habitats, such as beaches and bluffs.

It is a rare plant of the highly developed coastline in and around the city of San Diego, where threatened populations are known at Mission Bay,[1] the Silver Strand and Imperial Beach.[2]

This is an annual herb lined with leaves made up of oval leaflets one half to one centimeter long. The inflorescence bears 3 to 8 red and yellow flowers each about a centimeter in length. The fruit is a slender, curved legume pod containing usually 2 small beanlike seeds.


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