San Diego Milk-Vetch
(Astragalus oocarpus )
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Description: A perennial stout herb with hollow, hairless stems, 2 - 4.3 feet (6-13dm) long. Leaves 2 3/8 - 6 5/8 inches (6-17cm) long, with a grooved central rib, and 17 - 35 spear-shaped to reversed pear-shaped leaflets, 1/4 - 1 1/4 inches (6-33mm) long. Inflorescence is a raceme with 20-75 flowers. Petals are cream-colored with the banner (largest petal) 3/8 - 1/2 inch (10-12mm) long. Outermost flower parts (calyx) are 1/8 - 1/4 inch (4-6mm) long. Fruit is a papery, oval-shaped, long tipped pod, 5/8 - 3/4 inches (15-20mm) long, 3/8 - 5/8 inches (10-16mm) wide, and with out hairs.
Habitat: Dry brushy slopes, openings in chaparral, and oak woodland. Elevation 976 - 4800 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms May - August.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B