Description of the genus
Herbs or small shrubs. Leaves (in ours) 5-foliolate, the basal pair often resembling stipules; true stipules reduced to dark glands or 0. Corolla yellow, pink, cream or white, glabrous. Fruit straight, narrowly cylindric, dehiscent into 2 twisted valves.
Worldwide: 100 species, mainly in northern temperate regions, extending to mountainous areas of Africa and Australia
Zimbabwe: 6 taxa.
Other sources of information about Lotus:
Our websites:Flora of Malawi
: LotusFlora of Mozambique
: LotusFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): LotusFlora Zambesiaca
web site: LotusGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for LotusIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): LotusKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Lotus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=720, retrieved 1 October 2016