Lupinus brevicaulis

(Shortstem Lupine)

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Lupinus brevicaulis, Hwy 131 near Toponas, Routt Co. 0006

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Lupinus brevicaulis, Hwy 131 near Toponas, Routt Co. 0001

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Lupinus brevicaulis, Hwy 131 near Toponas, Routt Co. 9999

Scientific Name Lupinus brevicaulis USDA PLANTS Symbol LUAR3
Common Name Shortstem Lupine ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 503576
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert to foothills (4700 to 7000 ft); dry, rocky soils in open areas .
Plant: Low, stemless or short-stemmed annual 1 to 3 inches tall, tufted with many petioles radiating from base; foliage covered with long straight hairs.
Leaves: Palmately-divided leaves on petioles 3/8 to 2-3/4 inches long, with 5 to 7 leaflets, each narrowly oblanceolate, 3/8 to 3/4-inch long.
Inflorescence: Dense, nearly spherical clusters less than 1 inch long of 3 to 15 pea-like light to dark blue blossoms on a very short peduncle less than 2 inches long.
Bloom Period: April to June.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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