(Rupertia hallii )
Fabaceae (legume family)
Photo by Joe Molter, BLM
Description: Tall herbaceous perennial, up to 3 feet (1 m) with compound leaves with three lanceolate to widely ovate leaflets 1.5 to 3.5 inches (4 to 9 cm) long. Flowers are in compact racemes, whitish to yellowish, pea-like. Fruits are a small pod, but are rarely seen.
Distribution: Southern Cascade Ranges in southern Tehama and northern Butte counties.
Habitat: Oak woodland to lower mountain coniferous forest, 2900 to 4500 feet (884-1373m), on gentle slopes and woodland openings, sometimes on disturbed sites such as roadsides and timber harvest areas.
Flowering Period: Early June to August.
Similar Plants: R. physodes which is half the size and is only found within the coastal ranges.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B