Torrey's Lupine

Emigrant Wilderness, Upper Emigrant Lake, August 2012

Lupinus lepidus or the Dwarf Lupine is a perennial plant in the pea family Fabaceae that is native to meadows of the United States' Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Habitat and range

It can be found in meadows and areas that are moist during the spring growing season in the Sierra Nevada maintain range, from 4,900 to 9,800 feet (1,500 to 3,000 m).


L. lepidus is a small hairy perennial that reaches 4 to 24 inches (10 to 61 cm). Leaves extend up the stem, but most are basal. Leaves are palmately compound with 5-8 green-gray leaflets less than 1 1⁄2 inches (3.8 cm). The inflorescense is a dense spikelike raceme, with pink, purple, and blue flowers having a yellowish spot. The plant blooms between June and August.[2] Fruit is a pod up to 3⁄4 inch (1.9 cm).

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