Lupinus lepidus Douglas var. confertus (Kellogg) C.P. Smith

Clustered Tidy Lupine
Fabaceae (Pea Family)


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 2) lepidus 3) confertus.
Pronunciation: loo-PIE-nus LEH-pid-us kon-FERT-us.
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