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Dieter H. Wilken

Perennial herb, unarmed, generally hairy, rhizomed. Stem: erect; lower nodes leafless. Leaf: palmately compound; lower stipules clasping stem, scarious, others not clasping stem, green; leaflets 3, widely ovate to oblanceolate. Inflorescence: raceme, terminal; bracts like stipules, ± persistent. Flower: calyx lobes 5, upper 2 ± fused; corolla yellow; stamens 10, free. Fruit: erect or spreading, slowly dehiscent, oblong, flat; base stalk-like base present; margin often wavy. Seed: 3–10.
± 20 species: temperate North America, central and eastern Asia. (Greek: like a lupine) [Chen et al. 1994 Ann Missouri Bot Gard 81:714–742]

Key to Thermopsis

1. Leaflets, pedicels, fruits glabrous to sparsely long-soft-hairy; flower 1–2 per node ..... T. gracilis

1' Leaflets, pedicels, fruits long-soft-hairy; flowers generally 2–5 per node

2. Plant 8–25 dm; stem stout, erect

3. Fruit ascending, straight; lower pedicels 2–4 mm; leaflet lateral veins 12–16; Western Transverse Ranges (Santa Ynez Mtns) ..... T. macrophylla

3' Fruit spreading, curved; lower pedicels 4–8 mm; leaflet lateral veins 18–24; Klamath Ranges, Outer North Coast Ranges ..... T. robusta

2' Plant 3–8 dm; stem slender, ascending to erect ..... T. californica

4. Stipules ovate to widely ovate; inflorescence bracts < 15 mm wide; leaflet hairs not appressed; North Coast, North Coast Ranges, Central Western California ..... var. californica

4' Stipules lanceolate to ovate; inflorescence bracts < 6 mm wide; leaflet hairs appressed; Cascade Range, Western Transverse Ranges, s Peninsular Ranges (San Diego Co.), Modoc Plateau

5. Leaflet silvery, hairs straight; Cascade Range, Western Transverse Ranges, Modoc Plateau ..... var. argentata

5' Leaflet velvety, hairs ± wavy; s Peninsular Ranges (San Diego Co.) ..... var. semota


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