Common name: Arctic Lupine

Family: Leguminosae

Information: Occurs in open, sunny areas, mostly in mid and subalpine elevations. This species can be found as far south as Oregon and as far North as Alaska (Pojar & MacKinnon, 2014). Arctic Lupine is a nitrogen fixing plant, which means that it adds nutrients to the soil that help other plants grow (Sharam & Turkington, 2005).

Photos: Top (featured image): Manning Park alpine area, 1950 m, July 9, 2019; Bottom two: On a south facing slope; and on an east-facing scree slope near the ridge top, South Chilcotin Mts. Park, July 28, 2019. N. Hewitt.


Sources and additional resources:

Pojar, J. & MacKinnon, A. (2014). Plants of Coastal British Columbia: Including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Vancouver: Lone Pine Publishing. 

Sharam, G. J., & Turkington, R. (2005). Diurnal cycle of sparteine production in Lupinus arcticus. Botany, 83(10), 1345-1348. doi:https://doi.org/10.1139/b05-104

Klinkenberg, Brian. (Ed.) 2020. E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Lupinus%20arcticus. Accessed: 2020-05-12.