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Acmispon decumbens
Scientific classification
  • Anisolotus decumbens (Benth.) Thornber
  • Hosackia decumbens Benth.
  • Lotus douglasii Greene
  • Lotus nevadensis var. douglasii (Greene) Ottley
  • Syrmatium decumbens (Benth.) Greene

Acmispon decumbens is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to Nevada, California and Northeastern Mexico. It was first described by George Bentham in 1836 as Hosackia decumbens.

It grows in several types of habitat, including mountain forest and meadows. It is a spreading or mat-forming perennial herb coated in long hairs. It is lined with leaves each made up of small green oval leaflets. The inflorescence bears up 12 pinkish yellow pealike flowers each a centimeter long or more. The fruit is a slender, bent, beaked legume pod.


Two varieties are recognized:

  • Acmispon decumbens var. decumbens; synonyms include Acmispon nevadensis (S.Watson) Brouillet, Hosackia heermannii L.C.Anderson, Syrmatium nevadense (S.Watson) Greene
  • Acmispon decumbens var. davidsonii (Greene) Govaerts; synonyms include Lotus davidsonii Greene
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