Lupinus micranthus, Lupinus hirsutus,
Small-flowered Lupine, Hairy Lupin, Bitter Blue Lupin,
Hebrew: תורמוס שעיר, Arabic: الترمس دقيق الأسدية

Scientific name:  Lupinus micranthus Guss.
Synonym name:  Lupinus hirsutus L.
English name:  Small-flowered Lupine, Hairy Lupin, Bitter Blue Lupin
Hebrew name:  תורמוס שעיר
العربية, Arabic name:  الترمس دقيق الأسدية
Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

Lupinus micranthus, Lupinus hirsutus, Small-flowered Lupine, Hairy Lupin, Bitter Blue Lupin, תורמוס שעיר, الترمس دقيق الأسدية

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  20-50cm
Leaves:  Digitate, leaflets obovate, mucronate (ending abruptly in a small sharp point as a continuation of the midrib), sparsely hirsute
Inflorescence:  Terminal racemes up to 12cm
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite, calyx lobes unequal in length; petals blue, banner often white-centered
Fruits / pods:  Legume, hirsute, red-brown
Flowering Period:  March, April
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt.Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Lupinus micranthus, Lupinus hirsutus, Small-flowered Lupine, Hairy Lupin, Bitter Blue Lupin, תורמוס שעיר, الترمس دقيق الأسدية


Derivation of the botanical name:
Lupinus, Latin lupus, "wolf," alluding to the belief that these plants destroyed the fertility of the soil, which is the oppposite of the truth; the seeds are eaten in eastern Mediterranean countries.
micranthus, small thorns.
hirsutus, hairy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Guss. is used to indicate Giovanni Gussone (1787 – 1866), an Italian academic and botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Lupinus micranthus, Lupinus hirsutus, Small-flowered Lupine, Hairy Lupin, Bitter Blue Lupin, תורמוס שעיר, الترمس دقيق الأسدية


Lupinus micranthus, Lupinus hirsutus, Small-flowered Lupine, Hairy Lupin, Bitter Blue Lupin, תורמוס שעיר, الترمس دقيق الأسديةxx