|Scientific Name||Lupinus caudatus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LUCA|
|Common Name||Tailcup Lupine||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||25981|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (5300 to 10500 ft); dry or moist meadows and open areas, roadsides.
Plant: Erect perennial 8 to 24 inches tall with 1 to several reddish-purple stems extending above the foliage.
Leaves:Palmately-divided leaves on long petioles with 5 to 9 leaflets, each narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, up to 2 inches long; flat or folded, hairy surfaces.
Inflorescence: Many pea-like blossoms arranged in a raceme 2 to 8 inches long atop each stem; corolla light to dark blue, purple or white; banner lighter blue or whitish in the middle, upward-curving and usually hairy on the back; calyx with a short spur.
Bloom Period: May to September.
Fruit: Hairy seed pods 3/4 to 1 inch long containing 4 to 6 seeds.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, American Southwest, US Forest Service Fire Effects Information System and Montana Field Guide.
|BONAP Distribution Map
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