Family and Genus:- See- LEGUMINOSAE

Common Names:- None

Homotypic Synonyms:- None

Meaning:- Lupinus. The ancient Latin name for the white lupin.
                  Pilosus (L) Covered with soft distinct hairs.
General description:- Silky or hairy annual.

1) Up to 50 cm. hirsute.

1) Leaflets, 25-35 x 6-9 mm, oblong-obovate, mucronulate, sericeous to softly
    villous, hairs white.
2) Stipules, linear-subulate.

1) Racemes, up to 10 cm; flowers irregularly verticillate.
2) Peduncle, 1-4 cm.
3) Calyx, hirsute,
    a) upper lip,  c. 8 mm, 2-partite.
    b) lower, 10-12 mm, shallowly 3-dentate to subentire.
4) Corolla, 15-17 mm, bright blue or often particoloured.
    a) standard, with a white and yellow or pale purple blotch.
    b) wings, blue.
    c) keel, white.

1) Legume, 40-50 x 13-20 mm, softly hirsute, dark red-brown.
2) Seeds, 3-4, orbicular, compressed, tuberculate-scabrid, iridescent, brown and
    black-marbled on cream and purple, with a black, curved line on each side.

Key features:-
1) Corolla, 15-20 mm.
2) Seeds 9-12 mm in diam

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Habitat:- Dry open shrubby vegetation, roadsides, olive groves, dry streambeds
generally in light sandy soil. 0-800 m.

Distribution:- Greece and the Aegean region. Mainly confined to W. and C. Crete.

Flowering time:- Late Mar to May.

Photos by:- Steve Lenton