Taxon: Lupinus elegans Kunth

Genus: Lupinus
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Genisteae
Nomen number: 22819
Place of publication: F. W. H. A. von Humboldt et al., Nov. gen. sp. 6:477[quarto]. 1824
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 12-May-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-Jul-2001
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: agroforestry (used in montane areas of Mexico fide Rev Fitotec Mex 37:108. 2014)
  • Environmental: potential as ornamental (a garden ornamental fide F Guat 24(5):288. 1946)
  • Environmental: revegetator (used for ecological restoration of temperate forests in Mexico fide Ecol Engineering 37:996-997. 2011)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Mexico
  • Southern America

    • Central America: El Salvador ; Guatemala

  • Cultivated


  • Blanco-García, A. et al. 2011. Nurse-plant and mulching effects on three conifer species in a Mexican temperate forest Ecol. Engin. 37:994-998.
  • Englert, J. M. et al. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators. 1999- (NRCS Cons Pl Mat)
  • Matuda, E. Las leguminosae del estado de México. 1981 (Leg Mex)
  • McVaugh, R. Flora Novo-Galiciana. 1983- (F NGalicia)
  • Soto-Correa, J. C. et al. 2013. The neotropical shrub Lupinus elegans, from temperate forests may not adapt to climate change Pl. Biol. 15:607-610.
  • Soto-Correa, J. C. et al. 2014. Lupinus elegans Kunth assisted migration in common garden field tests Rev. Fitotec. Mex. 37:107-116.
  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark Flora of Guatemala. 1946-1976 (F Guat)
  • Stepanova, S. I. 1973. K sistematike roda Lupinus L. (To the systematics of the genus Lupinus L.) Trudy Prikl. Bot. 51:41.
  • Villaseñor, J. L. 2016. Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico Rev. Mex. Biodivers. 87:749.
  • Woodson, R. E. & R. W. Schery, eds. Flora of Panama. 1943-1980 (F Panama)


Check other web resources for Lupinus elegans Kunth :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image