I"ve been an amateur botanist since circa 1997 with a special interest in California native plants. A corollary passion of mine is birding and, like many fellow birders, I keep a Life List of all the bird species that I've observed in my lifetime. So I thought, why not also create a life list for plants I've seen in the field? In addition to California natives, I've also included a smaller list of plants that I've observed and photographed in their native habitats outside of the U.S.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Lupinus polyphyllus (Bigleaf Lupine)
7/7/07 Soda Creek, Hwy. 108 (Sonora Hwy.), Toiyabe National Forest,
Mono County, CA
LIFE LIST NOTES:
COMMON NAME: Bigleaf Lupine
SPECIES: Lupinus polyphyllus
FAMILY: Fabaceae (Pea Family)
LIFE LIST DATE: 7/7/07
LOCATION: Soda Creek, Hwy. 108, Sonora Hwy., Toiyabe National Forest, Mono County, CA
Habit: Perennial herb 2--15 dm, green, glabrous or sparsely hairy.
Stem: erect, stout, generally hollow.
Leaf: basal and cauline; stipules 5--30 mm; petioles 3--45 cm, upper shorter; leaflets 5--17, 40--150 mm.
Inflorescence: 6--40 cm, open, flowers +- whorled; peduncle 3--13 cm; pedicels 3--15 mm; bract 7--11 mm.
Flower: 9--15 mm; calyx lips 4--7 mm, entire; petals violet to lavender to pink to white, banner back glabrous, spot yellow to white occasionally turning red-purple, keel upcurved, generally glabrous. Fruit: 2.5--4 cm, hairy.