Lupinus luteus - Yellow Lupin

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Fabales - Family: Fabaceae

Lupinus luteus

A field full of these bright, golden yellow flowers is a breath-taking sight.

A member of the Pea Family (Fabacae), the Yellow Lupin is common in the Mediterranean Region where it can form vast stands. It is also widely cultivated as fodder and green manure and prefers acid soils. It flowers from April to July and is a lovely sight when in full bloom. Growing on slightly acidic soil, Yellow Lupin can create the most amazing spectacle from March through until around June. It is widely culivated as animal fodder but there are always 'remnants' growing in field margins where it has been cultivated previously. This plant is common in Spain and Portugal but can also be found in France and Italy.

This field was photographed in the Algarve, southern Portugal, in May.

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