Lupinus microcarpus

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Lupinus microcarpus
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Lupinus microcarpus var. densiflorus
Lupinus microcarpus var. densiflorus
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Order: Fabales
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Genus: Lupinus
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Lupinus microcarpus
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Lupinus microcarpus (Wide-bannered Lupine or Chick Lupine), is a species of lupine native to western North America from southwestern British Columbia south to the Mojave Desert in California and Baja California, and also a disjunct population in South America in central Chile and western Argentina. It grows from sea level in the north of the range, up to 1600 m in southern California.

It is an annual plant growing to 80 cm tall. The leaves are palmately compound with 5-11 leaflets 1-5 cm long and up to 1 cm broad. The flowers are generally pink to purple in color, but can also be between white and yellow; they are produced in open whorls on an erect spike.

There are three varieties:

  • Lupinus microcarpus var. densiflorus. Restricted to western California.
  • Lupinus microcarpus var. horizontalis. Restricted to southeastern California.
  • Lupinus microcarpus var. microcarpus. Widespread, British Columbia to Chile.


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