VASCULAR PLANTS OF UPPER NEWPORT BAY
PEA FAMILY
FABACEAE
This family has species that range from annuals to trees; the leaves are generally compound, alternate and stipulated with entire leaflets. The inflorescence is generally a raceme, spike, umbel or head. Flowers are generally bisexual, and bilateral; the hypanthium is generally flat or cup-like. There are generally 5 fused sepals, 5 free petals or the lower two fused. Stamens are 1 to many. The fruit is a legume. (Hickman Ed, 577)

This most significant family is distributed throughout the world with over 10,000 species-many of which are of great economic importance, providing food, forage, dyes and wood. Clover, alfalfa, senna, balsam, peanuts, indigo and all the peas and beans belong here. (Dale 108).

Upper Newport Bay species within the family:
Lotus wrangelianus #
Acacia saligna
A "#" after a plant name indicates the plant is a California Native.
Acacia cyclops#
Vicia ludoviciana var. ludoviciana #
Trifolium willdenovii #
Trifolium hirtum
Trifolium microcephalum #
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Lupinus truncatus #
Vicia faba
Acacia longifolia
Acacia redolens
Acacia retinodes
Astragalus gambelianus #
Erythrina caffra
Lotus corniculatus
Lotus hamatus #
Lotus purshianus var. purshianus #
Lotus scoparius var. scoparius #
Lotus strigosus var, strigosus #
Lupinus bicolor #
Lupinus succulentus #
Medicago lupulina
Medicago polymorpha
Medicago sativa
Melilotus albus
Melilotus indicus
Pisum sativum
Sesbania punicea
Spartium junceum
Trifolium ciliolatum #
Trifolium truncatum #
Trifolium gracilentum var. gracilentum #