(Astragalus pulsiferae var. suksdorfii )
Photo Copyright James Morefield NNHP
Description: Mat-forming perennial herb, with stems branching at or near the ground surface. Stems lying mostly flat on ground (prostrate), 3/8 to 1-3/16 inches (1- 3 cm) long. Leaves compound; leaflets 7-13, small, moderately hairy. Flowers pea-shaped, small, white or with faint lavender veining, 4-13 per inflorescence. Pod one-chambered, 3/8 - 3/4 inches (1-2 cm) long, inflated, hairy.
Distribution: Lassen, Plumas and Modoc counties. On public lands adminstered by the Alturas Field Office in the Infernal Caverns areas, southwest of Alturas. Also near the town of Chester.
Habitat: Loose, often rocky soil, with sagebrush and often in pines west of the Great Basin at 4,800 to 6,400 feet (1463 to 1951 meters).
Flowering Period: May - August.
Similar Plants: Ames milkvetch (Astragalus pulsiferae var. pulsiferae) but it branches below surface. Similar to A. anxius prior to fruiting. Flower color more purple in A. anxius. Upper petal less than 3/16 inch (5.2 mm) for A. anxius and more than 3/16 inches (5.2 mm) for v. suksdorfii. Mature fruit of v.suksdorfii inflated and much larger than compressed smaller fruit of A. anxius.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B.2
- Stems branching at or near surface.
- Small, inflated, one-chambered, hairy pods.
- Small, white to lavender veined flowers.