Lupinus polyphyllus Lindl.

Bot. Reg. 13: t.1096 (1827) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect perennial herb to 1.5 m tall; stems usually unbranched, minutely pubescent to glabrescent. Leaves palmately 9–17-foliolate; petioles to 25 cm long, sparsely appressed-pubescent; leaflets narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, 3–15 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, upper surface usually glabrous, lower surface sparsely appressed-pubescent, apex obtuse to acute, usually mucronate; stipules subulate, 15–35 mm long. Inflorescences 15–60 cm long; peduncle up to 15 cm long, lower flowers alternate, upper flowers subverticillate; pedicles 5–14 mm long; bracteoles minute. Calyx 5–10 mm long, densely hairy, upper lip entire or shallowly 2-lobed, lower lip longer, entire; corolla 12–20 mm long, mostly blue, purple or pink, sometimes yellow or white. Pod 25–40 mm long, 6–12 mm wide, sessile, densely villous; seeds 5–10, ellipsoid, c. 4 mm long, brown, mottled. Flowers summer

*VAlp. Also naturalised SA, NSW. Native to north-western USA, reported as naturalised in the Falls Creek area.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-05-09
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-07-04
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Fabaceae
genus Lupinus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lupinus polyphyllus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lupinus polyphyllus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales