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Wolf Creek Area - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Lupinus latifolius - broadleaf lupine

Synonyms: Lupinus latifolius var. parishii, Lupinus parishii
Other Common Names: Parish's lupine
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Fabaceae

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Wolf Creek Area
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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial   Similar Species: Lupinus latifolius var. parishii
General Desc: Leafy, stout stemmed plant with tall flower heads of white to yellow to purple pea-like flowers and palmate leaves.
Identification notes: Perennial. Woody base, densely branched with erect stems. Leaves palmately compound with 5 to 10 leaflets. Flowers along an elongated stalk to 18 inches long, bearing white to yellow to purple pea-like flowers in whorls. Fruit pods have 6 to 10 seeds.
Height: 1 to 6-1/2 feet


Habitat Description: Shady to open areas in moist montane coniferous forest.
Plant Communities: Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 5000 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Whitish to yellow to purple     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: May - Jul
Description: Flower heads to 18 inches tall, somewhat loosely flowered, flowers 3/4 to 1 inch, upper lip of calyx notched.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Palmate     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Whorl     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves smooth to partly hairy, leaf stalks 2 to 8 inches, leaflets 1 to 3-1/2 inches long, 2 to 8 inches wide wtih stout stems.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green turning to brown   
Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Pods hairy and to 1-3/4 inches long.
Seed Notes: 6 to 10 seeds, about 1/8 inch, mottled dark brown in color.

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