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Stemless-dwarf Lupine - Lupinus lepidus
Other Names:  Lupinus cespitosus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
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.

Species Range
Montana Range


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 21

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Moist, stony soil of meadows, streambanks, grasslands; montane to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Tuinstra, K. E. 1967. Vegetation of the floodplains and first terraces of Rock Creek near Red Lodge, Montana. Ph.D dissertation. Montana State University, Bozeman 110 pp.
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