• WordNet 3.6
    • n Lupinus herbs or shrubs: lupin
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lupinus A large genus of leguminous plants of the suborder Papilionaceæ and the tribe Genisteæ. It is characterized by having the leaves simple or digitately many-foliate; the divisions of the calyx longer than the tube; the wings of the corolla often united at the apex, the keel beaked; and a compressed coriaceous or fleshy legume. More than 95 species have been described, but they may be somewhat reduced; they occur in North and South America, the Mediterranean region, and tropical Africa, being especially abundanton the western coast of America. They are herbs or undershrubs with terminal or axillary racemes of showy blue or purple flowers, rarely yellow or white, and often fragrant. Numerous species are cultivated for their beauty and for use. See lupine.
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In literature:

Lupinus, Darwin's experiments on.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
The LUPINE, Lupinus, is a very handsome class of annuals, many of which grow well in India, all of them flowering in the cold season.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
Lupinus sparsiflorus (lupine) Tr.
"Life History of the Kangaroo Rat" by Charles T. Vorhies and Walter P. Taylor
Lupinus and Carlstadt, his colleagues, were converts to his views.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Lupinus arboreus, "Snow-queen" 3 to 4 ft.
"Small Gardens" by Violet Purton Biddle

In news:

A male Fender's blue butterfly perches atop a Kincaid's lupine (Lupinus sulpureous kincaidii).
Looking for the Chlorogalum pomeridianum or the Lupinus succulentus that will draw the most butterflies to your garden.