Annual herb; stems prostrate to erect, 10-30 cm long/tall, slender, glabrous or sparsely appressed-hairy.
Alternate, pinnately compound; leaflets 3 to 6, oblong to elliptic, blunt-tipped, 4-12 mm long, often glaucous; stipules tiny, gland-like.
Inflorescence of single, pea-like flowers on stalks from the leaf axils, the stalks 3-20 mm long, with a 2- to 3-parted bract just below the flower; corollas pale yellow or salmon, reddish-tinged, quickly fading, 4-6 mm long; calyces 2 mm long, hairy, the linear-lanceolate lobes shorter than the tube.
Pods, oblong, 1.5-3 cm long, hairless, wavy-margined, constricted between the 4 to 9 seeds.
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
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Lotus micranthus Benth.