Clustered tidy lupine, aka dwarf lupine, is a
stout perennial to about 14" tall with mostly basal leaves and
white, densely-silky pubescence. The leaves typically have 7 elliptic
to oblanceolate leaflets to 1-1/2" long. The flowers are
contained in dense, terminal racemes to 12" long, extending well
above the leaves. The papilionaceous flowers are violet to purple,
and the fruit is a whitish, silky-hairy pod with 2-5 seeds. This species
of lupine grows in mountain meadows of montane coniferous forest and
other moist places from 3000' to 8,500', ranging from the San Bernardino
Mts to Mt. Pinos. The blooming period is from June to August.
Earlier references list this as Lupinus confertus. The
first picture was taken along the road to Mt. Pinos, and the other two
in the San Bernardino Mts.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Lupinus
Pronunciation: loo-PIE-nus LEH-pid-us kon-FERT-us.
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