|Scientific Name||Astragalus alpinus var. alpinus||USDA PLANTS Symbol||ASALA4|
|Common Name||Alpine Milkvetch||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||192322|
Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (7500 to 12700 ft.); often in moist areas (woodlands, meadows, around streams and lakes), aspen groves and on tundra, cold, dry, exposed areas.
Plant: Mat-forming perennial with weak, slender, hairy stems, very short or up to 10 inches long.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound basal leaves 2 to 8 inches long; 15-25 leaflets, less than 1/4 to 3/4-inch long, oval-ovate to nearly round, slightly hairy surfaces.
Inflorescence: Small racemes on peduncles 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches long, with 7 to 17 nodding pea-like flowers with white to purplish petals; each blossom less than 1/2-inch long; calyx tube with small black hairs.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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