Lupinus caespitosus

(Dwarf Lupine)

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Lupinus caespitosus, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 9097

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Lupinus caespitosus, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 4979

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Lupinus caespitosus, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 5001

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Lupinus caespitosus, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 9135

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Lupinus caespitosus, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 9088

Scientific Name Lupinus caespitosus USDA PLANTS Symbol LUCA3
Common Name Dwarf Lupine ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 25980
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montain and subalpine; drier, open areas, meadows.
Plant: Short perennial, stemless, 2 to 6 inches tall growing in clumps.
Leaves: Palmately-dissected leaves with 5 to 9 leaflets, each oblong to lanceolate, up to 1 inch long, pointed, with silky hairs.
Inflorescence: Pea-like blue/purple and white blossoms arranged in a raceme 1 or 2 inches long, often partly buried in the leaves.
Bloom Period: June and July.
References: "New Manual Botany of the Central Rocky Mountains (Vascular Plants)" by John M. Coulter, "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams and SW Colorado Wildflowers.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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