Lupinus sparsiflorus Benth.  
Family: Fabaceae
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Plant: Annual 2-4 dm, short-appressed- and long-spreading-hairy Leaves: petiole 3-4 cm; leaflets 7-11, 15-30 mm, 2-4 mm wide, linear to oblanceolate, upper surface hairy at least near margins INFLORESCENCE: raceme, 15-20 cm; flowers spiraled, sometimes appearing ± whorled; peduncle 2-4 cm; bracts 3-5 mm, < buds, generally deciduous; pedicels 2-4 mm Flowers: generally 10-12 mm; calyx 3-6 mm, lips ± equal, upper lip deeply lobed; petals generally blue (pinkish), drying darker, banner spot whitish becoming magenta, banner centrally grooved, sides reflexed, wing tips slightly fused, lower (and often upper) margins of keel ciliate near claw; stamens 10, filaments fused, 5 long with short anthers, 5 short with long anthers; style brushy Fruit: 1-2 cm, ± 5 mm wide, coarsely hairy, dehiscent; Seeds 4-5, often ± reniform, generally hard, smooth Misc: Washes, sandy areas; < 1300 m.; Mar-May References: Shreve & Wiggins, 1964.J.C. Hickman, ed. The Jepson Manual.
Wiggins 1964, Kearney and Peebles 1969
Duration: Annual Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Annual 20-40 cm, short-appressed and long spreading hairy stems. Leaves: Petiole 3-4 cm, leaflets 7-11, 15-30 mm, 2-4 mm wide, linear to oblanceoate, upper surface hairy at least near margins. Flowers: Spiraled raceme, 15-20 cm tall, sometimes appearing more or less wide, linear to oblanceoate, upper surface hairy at least near margins; flowers 10-12 mm, calyx 3-6 mm, lips equal, upper lip deeply lobed; petals generally blue, drying darker, banner spot whitish becoming magenta, lower margins of keel ciliate near claw. Fruits: Pods 1-2 cm, 5 mm wide, coarsely hairy. Ecology: Found in washes and in sandy areas below 4,500 ft (1372 m); flowers March-May. Notes: Common in spring with favorable rains, when vigorous they are semisucculent. There are several subspecies which make a collection worthwhile to determine the precise identity. Ethnobotany: No known uses. Etymology: Lupinus comes from Latin for wolf, while sparsiflorus means sparsely flowered. Synonyms: None Editor: SBuckley, 2010
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