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Acmispon glaber

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Fabaceae
Tribe  Loteae
Scientific name  Acmispon glaber
Rank  Species
Order  Fabales
Subfamily  Faboideae
Genus  Acmispon
Higher classification  Acmispon
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Similar  Acmispon, Eriogonum fasciculatum, Artemisia californica, Encelia californica, Salvia mellifera

Acmispon glaber (previously Lotus scoparius) (common deerweed, deer weed, deervetch, California broom or western bird's-foot trefoil) is a perennial subshrub in the family Fabaceae (pea family). The plant is a pioneer species found in dry areas of California, Arizona, and Mexico. It is commonly found in many areas including chaparral, coastal sand and roadsides at elevations below 1500 m.


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Acmispon glaber Deer Weed Native Plants CSU Channel Islands

The Acmispon glaber stems are green, erect, somewhat branched, with small, deciduous, pinnate leaves consisting of three to six leaflets. The plant blooms from about March to August and has flowers that are bilateral, small (7–11 mm), yellow, and clustered together in an inflorescence consisting of two to seven flowers in the upper leaf axils. The flowers become reddish with age. The fruit consists of a curved pod with two seeds.


Acmispon glaber Deer Weed Native Plants CSU Channel Islands

Acmispon glaber is a food consumed by numerous wildlife, providing intake for hummingbirds, bees, butterfly larvae, and deer. Common plant associates in chaparral, especially in the transition between coastal chaparral and coastal sage scrub, include California sagebrush and toyon.

Acmispon glaber Deer Weed Native Plants CSU Channel Islands

Landowners seeking to provide a home for reintroducing the Palos Verdes blue butterfly have been required to have sufficient Acmispon glaber plants to provide the butterflies with shelter.

  • Acmispon glaber var. brevialatus is endemic to California.
  • References

    Acmispon glaber Wikipedia

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