Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Lupinus concinnus, Bajada Lupine

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Scientific Name: Lupinus concinnus
Common Name: Bajada Lupine
Also Called: Annual Lupine, Elegant Lupine, Nipomo Mesa Annual Lupine, Scarlet Lupine; (Spanish: Trèbola, Lupino)
Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae Family
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 8 inches more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; heavy pubescence, stems erect or decumbent, often low-growing.
Leaves: Green, light green or silvery-green; hairy, palmately compound, leaflets 3 to 9 up to an inche long, narrow and linear shape.
Flower Color: Purple and white, inflorescence a dense spiral of flowers, petals pale purple, the keel tip darker purple; fruit a hairy legume.
Flowering Season: March to May.
Elevation: Usually lower than 5,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Various habitat types; common in sandy desert areas, open or disturbed areas.

Recorded Range: AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX and UT. In Arizona Bajada Lupine is found throughout most of the states below 5,000. Bajada Lupine is found throughout Arizona with few records in the southwest part of the state.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Lupinus concinnus.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: More than 150 species in Lupinus in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Approximately 25 species in Arizona.

3 sub-species in Lupinus concinnus as follows:
Lupinus concinnus subsp. concinnus, Bajada Lupine (CA only);
Lupinus concinnus subsp. optatus, Bajada Lupine (CA only)
Lupinus concinnus subsp. orcuttii, Orcutt's Lupine (Recorded Range above.)

The Plant List includes 1,229 scientific plant names of species rank for the genus Lupinus. Of these 626 are accepted species names.

Comments: Also see in Southwest Desert Flora; Arizona Lupine, Lupinus arizonicus; Hill's Lupine, Lupinus hillii and Coulter's Lupine, Lupinus sparsiflorus.

Date Profile Completed: 08/25/2015, updated 09/14/2015
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 08/25/2015DATE).
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet [accessed: 08/25/2015]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 08/25/2015)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information
Wikipedia contributors, 'Lupinus concinnus', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 22 March 2015, 06:25 UTC [accessed 25 August 2015]