Annual herb from a taproot; stems mostly erect or ascending, 10-50 cm tall, few-branched, finely short-hairy.
Alternate, pinnately compound; leaflets 3 or 4, two at the tip of the flattened axis and 1 or 2 on one side, elliptic to egg-shaped, 1-2 cm long, short-hairy, the margins fine-toothed; stipules tiny, gland-like.
Inflorescence of single, nearly stalkless, axillary pea-like flowers; corollas 4-8 mm long, creamy-white with a purplish-tipped banner; calyces short-soft-hairy to glabrous, 3-5 mm long, the linear teeth twice as long as the brown-mottled tube.
Pods, broadly oblong, 8-15 mm long, appressed soft-hairy, not constricted between the seeds; seeds 2 to 4, grey, flattened, 2.5-4 mm long.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(5), CWH(1), ICH(1), IDF(5), PP(3), SBS(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Lotus denticulatus (E. Drew) Greene