Acmispon oroboides

(New Mexico Bird’s-foot Trefoil)


Acmispon oroboides, Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park 4902


Acmispon oroboides, Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park 4906

Scientific Name Acmispon oroboides (Lotus plebeius) USDA PLANTS Symbol LOPL2
Common Name New Mexico Bird's-foot Trefoil, Pine Deervetch ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 820057
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Rock outcrops, cliffs, ledges, rocky soils on slopes and in flatlands above 4000 ft.
Plant: Low-growing, spreading perennial, numerous stems up to 15 inches long.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound leaves with 3 to 6 oblanceolate or oval to linear leaflets, 1/4- to almost 1/2-inch long, slightly hairy.
Inflorescence: Small yellow flowers 1/2 inch long, typical of the pea family, with reddish back-sides on peduncles less than 1/2-inch to more than 2 inches long; linear bract at top of peduncle.
Bloom Period: March to September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and SEINet.
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