ⓘ Lupinus sparsiflorus

                                     

ⓘ Lupinus sparsiflorus

Lupinus sparsiflorus is a species of lupin native to North America. In the United States it occurs in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, and in Mexico it is found in Baja California and Sonora. Other common names include Mojave lupine, a name it shares with Lupinus odoratus.

This annual plant grows from 20 to 40 inches. Each leaf is palmate from 7 to 11 very narrow leaflets up to 3 centimeters long and few millimeters wide. The inflorescence is a spiral of several flowers each around a centimeter long. Flower blue or purple, becoming darker with age from white to pink patch on its banner.

The desert lupine flower light blue or purple. The upper banner petal of a yellow spot which changes to reddish after pollination. The two bottom petals to the boat is short and wide, they are hairy on the lower edge and curve upward to a thin tip. When ripe, seed pods explode, scattering their seeds to the wind.

                                     
  • Desert lupine is a common name for several plants and may refer to: Lupinus aridus Lupinus sparsiflorus
  • Mojave lupine is a common name for several lupines and may refer to: Lupinus odoratus Lupinus sparsiflorus
  • solanagrorum C.P. Sm. Lupinus sonomensis A. Heller Lupinus soratensis Rusby Lupinus soukupianus C. P. Smith ex J. F. Macbr. Lupinus sparsiflorus Benth. desert
  • repens creosote bush Larrea tridentata and Coulter s lupine Lupinus sparsiflorus This species was described from a specimen collected in the city
  • Springtime annuals include Coulter s and Arizona lupine Lupinus sparsiflorus and Lupinus arizonicus Coulter s globemallow Sphaeralcea coulteri