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Lotus maculata ‘Gold Flash’

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFabalesLegumes (pea and bean families)
FamilyFabaceaeLegume family (peas and beans)
GenusLotusIncludes trefoils and deervetches, but not (ironically) lotus flowers (Lotus, from Greek, meant a fruit that made people forget their homes)
SpeciesmaculataSpotted, referring to purple splotches on the stems of leaves or on petals
Cultivar‘Gold Flash’

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Lotus maculatus is native to the Canary Islands. This species isn’t related to lotuses, which are members of genus Nelumbo. It is not found in the wild in North America.

Identification: Plants are perennials, mostly prostrate, 8-12" (20-30 cm) tall and 12-18" (30-45 cm) around. Leaves are needle-like, and silvery gray. They look a little like dewy moss. Flowers are claw-shaped, often said to resemble a parrot’s beak, orange-yellow, with red tips, and may be very dense.

Online References:

Lotus sp. in Paghat's Garden

Lotus maculata ‘Gold Flash’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species

Lotus maculata ‘Gold Flash’ on the Encyclopedia of Life


Lotus maculata ‘Gold Flash’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Lotus maculata

8/1/2009 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine
≈ 27 × 18" (68 × 45 cm)

Lotus maculata

8/1/2009 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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