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Black Milk-Vetch
(Astragalus funereus )
Fabaceae

Black Milk-vetch; Photo Copyright Susan Cochrane and CNPS
Photo Copyright Susan Cochrane and CNPS

Description: Perennial herb with grayish, dense, stiff hairs. Stems are 3/4 - 3 1/8 inches (2-8cm) long, and lie flat on the ground. Leaves are 1 - 2 3/4 inches (2.5-7cm) long, with 7-17 reversed pear-shaped leaflets, 1/8 - 1/2 inch (3-12mm) long. Inflorescence is a raceme with 3-10 flowers. Petals are pink/purple, with the largest petal (banner) 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (22-29mm) long. Calyx has black or black/white hairs. Fruit is a leathery pod, 1 - 2 inches (25-50mm) long, 3/8 - 5/8 inches (10-15mm) wide, spear-shaped in side view, with dense, white hairs, 1/16 - 1/8 inch (1.5-2.5mm) long.   

Distribution:

Habitat: Gravelly, clayey, or rocky areas. Mohavean desert scrub. Elevation 4160 - 4800 feet.

Flowering Period: Blooms March - May.

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Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B

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Last updated: 08-05-2010