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Woolly-leaf Lupine - Lupinus leucophyllus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
Perennial from a branched caudex. Stems erect, 30–70 cm, simple or branched above, tomentose and spreading-hairy. Leaves mostly cauline; lower petioles 3–10 cm long; leaflets 7 to 10, velvety-sericeous, 3–8 cm long with acute tips. Racemes dense, greater than the leaves, 5–25 cm long. Flowers pale blue; calyx tube ca. 2 mm long, densely villous, not spurred; upper lip ca. 3 mm long; lower lip slightly longer; banner 8–10 mm long, pubescent on the back, reflexed <45°; wings 8–11 mm long. Legume 12–26 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Montana plants are variety leucophyllus.

Species Range

Range Comments
BC, MT south to CA, NV and UT (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 35

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Aldrich, D. F. 1978. Overwintering, springtime development and migration of some Aphidea, including Myzus persicae of Northwestern Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 112 p.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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