Lotus, Silverleaf;  Lotus argophyllus

Late bloomer.  Small flowers in clusters, sprawling hairy branched slivery-grey leaves.  Important cattle forage, seeds for birds and animals.

Notes:  Only plants on Buttermilk Bend Trail are beyond the bridge near the hill where the Birdís Eye Gilia bloom, at the bottom of the hill near the trail.  Have distinct densely silvery gray-haired leaves.  Small yellow flowers may darken with age.

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Kingdom Plantae -- Plants 
    Subkingdom Tracheobionta -- Vascular plants 
        Superdivision Spermatophyta -- Seed plants 
            Division Magnoliophyta -- Flowering plants 
                Class Magnoliopsida -- Dicotyledons 
                    Subclass Rosidae 
                        Order Fabales 
                            Family Fabaceae -- Pea family 
                                Genus Lotus L. -- trefoil
                                    Species Lotus argophyllus (Gray) Greene -- silver bird's-foot trefoil

Lotus, Silverleaf;  Lotus argophyllus