Lotus purshianus Clements & Clements - Prairie Trefoil
Family - Fabaceae
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Flowering - May - September.
Habitat - Prairies, glades, limestone slopes, bluff-tops, roadsides, railroads.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This species can be found in a handful of Missouri counties and is most common in the prairie areas of the southwestern portion of the state. The plant can be identified by its hairy, much-branched stems, trifoliolate leaves, and small pinkish flowers. The flowers are whitish when they first open and then fade to a dark pink by late afternoon. Each flower only lasts one day and then quickly sets a fruit.
Photographs taken at Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE., 8-14-06.