Lupinus leucophyllus Douglas ex Lindl.
velvet lupine
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Virginia Skilton     (Photo ID #34080)


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Distribution of Lupinus leucophyllus
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Species Information

Perennial from a branched root-crown; stems several, erect, 30-90 cm tall, simple to freely branched, densely velvety-hairy and with additional, longer, spreading to appressed hairs.
Mainly alternate along the stem, palmately compound, with stalks 1-3 times as long as the blades; leaflets 7 to 10, elliptic-oblanceolate, pointed at the tip, 2-6 cm long, velvety on both surfaces.
Inflorescence a short-stalked, long-tapering, terminal raceme, 10-40 cm long, of densely whorled pea-like flowers, the flower-stalks 1.5-3 mm long; corollas pale lavender to whitish, 8-12 mm long, the banner densely hairy on the back, the wings glabrous, the keel fringed with hairs along the upper edges; calyces shaggy, 2-lipped, the upper lip 2-toothed, the lower lip entire.
Pods, 1.5-2.5 cm long, shaggy with rusty hairs; seeds 4 to 6.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Lupinus leucophyllus

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1555 1550 1563
Slope Gradient (%)
2 0 5

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

235 236 236
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 3 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in


Habitat and Range

Dry meadows, glades and open forest in the steppe and lower montane zones; locally frequent in SC BC; S to ID, MT, WY, NV and NE CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia