Long Valley Milk-Vetch
(Astragalus johannis-howellii )
Description: Perennial herb with slender stems, 1 1/8 - 8 inches (3-20cm) long. Leaves 1 1/2 - 2 3/8 inches (4-6cm) long, with 13-20 obovate leaflets, 1/8 - 1/4 inch (2-6mm) long. Inflorescence are racemes with 6-12 flowers. Petals are whitish, and the banner is 1/4 inch (5-5.5mm) long. Fruit are pendulous, 3-sided pods, 1/4 - 3/8 inches (7-11mm) long, 1/8 inch (3mm) wide, papery, and deeply grooved on the lower side.
Distribution: Mono County, California
Habitat: Sandy areas, sagebrush shrubland. Elevation 6528 - 8096 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms June - August.
Similar Plants: Immature plants might be confused with Astragalus lentiginosus vars., A. ineptus, or A. semotus. As the plants develop, the conspicuously recurved banners on the flowers, and the very small, delicate pods readily identiry Astragalus johannis-howellii.
Status: California State Rare, California Native Plant Society List 1B