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Lupine, Arctic (Lupinus arcticus)
French name: lupin arctique
General: The arctic lupine is a bushy herb (15–50 cm tall), with hollow, upright stems covered in long silky white hairs.
Leaves & Twigs: The leaves are made up of six-to-eight pointed leaflets that look like fingers of a hand, and grow from the base of the plant on long stalks.
Flowers & Fruit: Flowers range from medium blue to a purple lavender colour and bloom from the bottom up in a cluster around a central stalk. The fruits are yellowish, hairy pods (2–4 cm long) which twist after opening.
Habitat: Prefers open areas (including gravel), grassy alpine slopes, moist tundra, heath and woodland. Lupines are well adapted to northern climates, and can enrich soils that have low nitrogen levels.
Sampling: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a 1-metre-square section to observe.