Lupinus pilosus, Lupinus varius, Blue Lupine,
Hebrew: תורמוס ההרים, Arabic: ترمس برّي

Scientific name:  Lupinus pilosus L.
Synonym name:  Lupinus varius L.
Common name:   Blue Lupine
Hebrew name:  תורמוס ההרים
Arabic name:  ترمس برّي
Plant Family:  Papilionaceae, פרפרניים

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Life form:  Annual
Stems:  30-70 cm tall, branching from above, densely covered by long soft hairs
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, digitate (shaped like a spread hand); leaflets oblong-obovate, mucronulate, sericeous to softly villous
Inflorescence:  Raceme up to 10 cm, flowers irregularly verticillate
Flowers:  Dark blue; peduncle 1-4 cm; corolla blue, the standard with a white or pale blue blotch
Fruits / pods:  Legume covered in velvety down; 3-8 cm long; seeds 3-4, orbicular
Flowering Period:   February, March, April, May
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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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.
pilosus, hairy, shaggy; covered with long soft hairs.
varius, having variegated, mottled, various colors; varying.
The Hebrew name: תורמוס, turmos, from Greek: thermos (= Lupinus albus), which is probably identical with thermos (= warm, hot), which is related to therme (=heat).
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
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The main stem was always shorter than the lateral branches in all populations. The longest main stem was observed in the Pilosus section (55-80 cm) and the shortest in the Atlanticus section (43-57 cm); L. palaestinus PI 491182 in the Pilosus section had the longest inflorescence (26 cm). The shortest was observed in L. pilosus PI 491182 (5.1 cm). The highest number of flowers (>50) and whorls (13) was observed in L. elegans and L. perennis; L. pilosus PI 491183/22 had the lowest number of the flowers (17) and whorls (4).

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Jarisa Mound - Napoleon Hill, Ramat Gan, natural kurkar hill,Lupinus pilosus, Lupinus varius, Blue Lupine, ترمس برّي,תורמוס  ההרים
Location:Napoleon Hill, Ramat Gan