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Lupinus arcticus

Lupinus arcticus S. Watson

 

Arctic Lupine, Lupine, Purple Nootka

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFabalesLegumes (pea and bean families)
FamilyFabaceaeLegume family (peas and beans)
GenusLupinus“Wolf,” because of the mistaken belief that lupines ravage land they grow on; in fact, they contribute nutrients
Speciesarcticus“From the arctic”

About plant names...

Arctic lupines are native to northwestern North America.

Identification: Plants are 8-24" (20-60 cm) tall. Palmlike leaves are bright green and smooth on top, and hairy below. The 5-9 individual leaflets in each cluster are 1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long, and up to ¼" (6.3 mm) wide, usually with rounded tips. Flowers grow on a spike 6-12" (15-30 cm) long and 1-2" (2.5-5 cm) around. They are a rich dark blue or violet, or, sometimes, white. Fruits look a lot like pea pods (they are related), right down to the “peas” inside. But don’t eat them: they’re poisonous.

Edibility: Poisonous. Skull & Crossbones Seeds are poisonous in significant quantities. Respiratory depression and bradycardia (slowed heartbeat) are among the symptoms.

Online References:

Lupinus arcticus at Alaskawildflowers.us

Lupinus arcticus on the Toolik↔Arctic Geobotanical Atlas

Lupinus arcticus at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lupinus arcticus on depts.washington.edu

Lupinus arcticus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Lupinus arcticus (Arctic Lupine, Lupine, Purple Nootka)

7/20/2004 · AK · By Constance B. Kent ID is uncertain

Lupinus arcticus (Arctic Lupine, Lupine, Purple Nootka)

7/20/2004 · AK · By Constance B. Kent ID is uncertain

Lupinus arcticus (Arctic Lupine, Lupine, Purple Nootka)

7/20/2004 · AK · By Constance B. Kent ID is uncertain

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