[The Pea Family in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Deer-vetch and Trefoils of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington

The Genera Acmispon, Hosackia and Lotus

Spanish-clover: Acmispon americanus ssp. americanus

Spanish-clover: Acmispon americanus ssp. americanus

American Bird's-foot Trefoil, Pursh's Lotus, Spanish-clover: Acmispon americanus var. americanus (Synonyms: Hosackia americana, Lotus americanus, Lotus purshiana, Lotus purshianus var. glaber, Lotus purshiana var. purshiana, Lotus unifoliolatus var. unifoliolatus) - Annual. Leaves with mostly 3 leaflets, although perhaps a single leaflet is present higher on the stem. Flowers 4-8 mm long. Calyx teeth mostly greatern than 2 mm long and equal to or greater than the tube. Pods slightly constricted between seeds or not so at all.

Nevada Deervetch, Nevada Bird's-foot Trefoil: Acmispon nevadensis var. douglasii (Synonyms: Hosackia decumbens, Lotus douglasii, Lotus nevadensis var. douglasii) - Perennial. Leaves petiolate with 5 leaflets. Flowers yellowish. Pods strongly curved or sickle-shaped.

Desert Deervetch, Field Lotus, Short-flower Bird's-foot Trefoil, Small-flowered Deer-vetch: Acmispon parviflorus (Synonyms: Hosackia parviflora, Lotus micranthus, Lotus parviflora) - Annual. Leaves with mostly 5 leaflets. Flowers 4-5 mm long. Calyx teeth less than 1 mm long and much less than the length of the tube. Pods conspicuously constricted between seeds.

Big Deervetch, Thick-leaf Deer-vetch: Hosackia crassifolia var. crassifolia (Synonym: Lotus crassifolius var. crassifolius) - Perennial. Leaves petiolate with 9-23 leaflets. Flowers greenish-yellow, often spotted with deep purple.

Bog Deervetch, Meadow Bird's-foot Trefoil, Meadow Deervetch: Hosackia pinnata (Synonym: Lotus pinnatus) - Perennial. Leaves petiolate with 7-11 leaflets. Flowers with bright yellow banner and whitish wings (umbels look like yellow pinwheels with a white outer stripe).

Rosy Birdsfoot Trefoil, Rosy Bird's-foot Trefoil, Thicket Deer Vetch: Hosackia rosea (Synonyms: Lotus aboriginus, Lotus crassifolius var. subglaber, Lotus stipularis, Lotus stipularis var. subglaber) - Perennial. Leaves petiolate with 9-23 leaflets. Flowers whitish, tinged with red or purple.

Birdsfoot Trefoil, Birdsfoot-trefoil, Garden Bird's-foot Trefoil, Birdfoot Deervetch: Lotus corniculatus (Synonym: Lotus corniculatus var. arvensis) - Perennial. Leaves sessile with 5 leaflets. Flowers yellow, in clusters of 3-15 in compact umbels.

Narrowleaf Bird's-foot Trefoil, Narrowleaf Trefoil, Slender Trefoil: Lotus tenuis (Synonym: Lotus corniculatus var. tenuifolius) -

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