Thank you again to one of the good folks at the University of Colorado at Boulder for today’s image and write-up. Janice Forbis is the assistant manager of the greenhouse in U of C’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A big thank you to you, Janice!
“Lupinus breweri var. breweri is native to the western USA (Oregon, California and Nevada) and found in open montane forests at higher elevations of the alpine. It is a member of the Fabaceae or bean family, the third largest family in the number of species. Brewer’s lupine is a low-growing mat-forming plant, with silvery-silky leaves and densely hairy blue to violet petals. Alpine plants are strongly adapted to extreme conditions at high altitudes. The mat-forming or cushion habit is an advantage in wind resistance and avoiding damage from repetitive snowfalls. Hairy leaves are a way of limiting water loss in alpine areas which have free draining soils, frequent winds and high temperatures in the summer months.”
“This photo was taken during a week-end workshop, Flora of Mt. Ashland and the Eastern Siskiyous, part of The University of California at Berkeley Jepson Herbarium Weekend Workshop series.”
“It is always interesting to know where a plant name comes from. There are websites and exhibits, such as the one currently at the University of Colorado Museum titled “What’s in a Name? Understanding the World of Plants”. The name breweri is in honor of William Henry Brewer (1828-1910), an American botanist and professor. He was a botanical explorer of the California and Pacific Coast and his recommendations about Alaska led to its purchase by the United States in 1867 (source of plant name information: Michael Charters’ Plant Names).”