New Mexico Bird's-Foot Trefoil flowers, City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM, March 30, 2015

New Mexico Bird's-Foot Trefoil

City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM

March 30, 2015

Wildflower Season

By all reports the wildflowers here in southern New Mexico are especially beautiful this spring and I'm certainly enjoying them. You'll find some pictures of the local scene on DesertUSA's 2015 Wildflower Report page.

My timing in arriving here to find these little flowers at their peak was a stroke of luck. By the next day many were past their prime and not worth a picture. I was a little disappointed. This image doesn't really grab me and I wanted to try for a better one. Today I found some fresher flowers but alas didn't get any better images. Spring is windy here and today is a particularly windy day. Maybe tomorrow...

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Daniel Jalkut @danielpunkass 2015-04-01

New Mexico Bird's-Foot Trefoil - Lotus Plebeius

The bright yellow flowers of lotus plebeius turn orange then red as they mature, in common with many other members of this genus. They grow in small numbers towards the top of the slightly short-hairy stems, which tend to be angled sideways, forming tangled clumps, together with the densely-growing compound leaves. Flowers have the familiar pea-shape, formed of five petals; the largest (the banner) is curved strongly backwards, and has a lengthwise groove down the center. The slender involucre terminates in five narrow sepals, ending in a curved point. Leaves also have a sparse hair covering, and slightly pointed tips.

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