Stemless-dwarf Lupine - Lupinus lepidus
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Low perennial from a usually simple or branched caudex, sometimes forming small mats. Stems simple, ascending, 1 cm or less, clothed in stipules. Leaves mostly basal; lower petioles 2–8 cm long; leaflets 5 to 9 sericeous to villous, 1–2 cm long with acute tips. Racemes dense, 2–5 cm long, hidden by the leaves. Flowers blue; calyx tube 1–2 mm long sericeous, not spurred; sepals ca. 1 mm long; upper lip bilobed, 3–5 mm long; lower lip nearly entire; banner 5–8 mm long, glabrous, reflexed <45°; wings 7–10 mm long. Legume ca. 1 cm long(Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Our plants are variety utahensis
(S. Wats.) C.L. Hitchc.