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Lupinus duranii  Eastw.
Duran's lupine,   Mono lake lupine,   Mono lupin
Lupinus duranii is a perennial herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).
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~95 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle
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Genus: Lupinus
Family: Fabaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Toxicity: Do not eat any part of this plant.

Communities: Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Subalpine Forest

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEF + PLANTSLupinus tegeticulatus var. duranii
Information about  Lupinus duranii from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (LUDU)

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[Wikipedia] Range, Description: Lupinus duranii is a species of lupine known by the common name Mono Lake lupine. It is endemic to California,[2] where it is known mainly from the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada in western Mono County. Its distribution includes Mammoth Mountain and the hills around Mono Lake, and its habitat has gravelly, pumice-rich soils of volcanic origin. It is almost identical to the nominate variety of Brewer's lupine, which occurs commonly in the same region. Besides the fact that L. breweri does not occur on pumice flats, the pair are difficult to separate. Description This is a tough, compact perennial herb forming tufts no more than about 12 centimetres (4.7 in) tall. The basal palmate leaves are made up of 5 to 8 shaggy-haired leaflets up to 2 centimetres (0.79 in) long. The inflorescence is a crowded raceme of flowers, each about a centimeter long and arranged in whorls about the stout, hairy stem. The flower is purple with a white patch on its banner. It yields a legume pod 1 centimetre or 2 centimetres (0.79 in) long containing white seeds. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/22/2024).