|Scientific Name||Lupinus brevicaulis||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LUAR3|
|Common Name||Shortstem Lupine||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||503576|
Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert to foothills (4700 to 7000 ft); dry, rocky soils in open areas .
Plant: Low, stemless or short-stemmed annual 1 to 3 inches tall, tufted with many petioles radiating from base; foliage covered with long straight hairs.
Leaves: Palmately-divided leaves on petioles 3/8 to 2-3/4 inches long, with 5 to 7 leaflets, each narrowly oblanceolate, 3/8 to 3/4-inch long.
Inflorescence: Dense, nearly spherical clusters less than 1 inch long of 3 to 15 pea-like light to dark blue blossoms on a very short peduncle less than 2 inches long.
Bloom Period: April to June.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and SEINet.
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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County