Lupinus albicaulis

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  • Latin Name: Lupinus albicaulis
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Common Names: sicklekeel lupine
  • Synonyms/Misapplications: L. albicaulis var. albicaulis, L. falcifer, L. quercetorum, L. wolfianus
  • Codon: LUPALB


Lupinus albicaulis
Photo by Rod Gilbert, 2006, also featured on Main Page
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Phylum: Spermatophyta
Subphylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosanae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Lupinus L.
Species: Lupinus albicaulis Douglas

Plant Description

General:It is a hairy, erect perennial herb often exceeding a meter in height.

Leaf: Each palmate leaf is made up of 5 to 10 leaflets each up to 7 centimeters long. The inflorescence is up to 44 centimeters long, bearing whorls of flowers each 1 to 1.6 centimeters long.

Flower: The flower is purple to yellowish or whitish in color and has a sickle-shaped keel.

Fruit: The fruit is a silky-hairy legume pod up to 5 centimeters long containing several seeds


Bloom Period

May to July [2]


Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; Washington south to California. May to July [2]


Grasslands and prairies from the lowlands to moderate elevations.[2]


Good for use in soil stabilization in locations of poor soil fertility, and drought, Lupinus albicaulis has the ability to fix nitrogen and grow rapidly.[3]

Benefits hummingbirds and butterflies (larval host). Low palatability for browsing and grazing animals although small animals use it for cover. Birds eat seeds. Seeds toxic if eaten in large quantities. [4]


No stratification needed. Because of seed shatter, should be windrowed a few days before harvest and rolled on tarps to dry. (6 ft roll of paper).


Lupinus albicaulis

Seed sample from: 2011

Average Measurement: 5.7 x 4.4 x 2.1

Measurement Range: L: 5 - 6.5, W: 4 - 5, D: 1.5 - 2.5


Color: Seeds are mostly off-white, tan, or gray with darker brown or tan mottling. Speckles tend to be heavier at seed edges leading to a darkened appearance.

Surface: Seeds smooth and glossy with some concave pitting.

Latitudinal Cross Section: elliptical LUAL-lat.png

Longitudinal Cross Section: elliptical LUAL-long.png

Basic Explanations and Assumptions:

The dimensions for the seeds are length x width x depth. The location of the hilum is used as the base of the seed, and the length is measured from hilum to the opposite apex. Where a style is present, the length is measured from the hilum to the bottom of the style. Width is measured at a right angle to the length at the widest part. Depth is measured at a right angle to the intersection of height and width lines.

Measurements included are the mean average for each measurement of ten separate seeds.

All measurements in millimeters unless otherwise noted.

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