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  • Lupines

    Lupines or Lupins are members of the Genus Lupinus in the Legume family. This Genus consists of 200 to 600 species.

    These are Herbaceous Perennial plants usually 1 to 5 feet tall. Some of them are annual plants and a few others 10 feet tall shrubs.

    One species in Mexico grows to a tree 8 meters tall and measures 8 inches in diameter at the trunk.

    The shape of the leaves are easily recognizable. The plants have silvery hair on their soft green or gray green colored leaves. The leaves are palmately divided into 5 to 28 leaflets.

    The flowers are produced in a dense or open whorls on an erect spike. Each flower is 1 to 2 cm long and pea-flower-shaped. The fruit is a pod containing several seeds.

    Visalakshi Ramani