FABACEAE, The Pea family
Originally uploaded by mulysa_may
This little beauty dots the slopes of Mt. Adams, between 6400 – 8300 ft. and is one of the chief reasons I am a slow mountain hiker: “Oh look! It’s so cute. I just have to photograph this one.” Five steps later: “Oh! How darling!”, etc.
So Lupine taxonomy is a little tricky around here and has me somewhat puzzled. First there are dozens of very similar species in the Cascades, then they sometimes hybridize themselves. So my best attempt at this one so far:
Lupinus lyallii or Lupinus sellulus ssp. sellulus var. lobbii aka L. lepidus var. lobbii