Astragalus shortianus

(Short's Milkvetch)


Astragalus shortianus, Fourmile Area, Chaffee Co. 6605


Astragalus shortianus, Fourmile Area, Chaffee Co. 6602


Astragalus shortianus, Fourmile Area, Chaffee Co. 6610

Scientific Name Astragalus shortianus USDA PLANTS Symbol ASSH3
Common Name Short's Milkvetch ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 25678
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains and foothills (4500 to 9800 ft); dry, gravelly areas, shrublands, grasslands, rocky slopes.
Plant: Short perennial up to 6 inches tall; inflorence supported on peduncles rather than stems.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound leaves with 9 to 17 obovate leaflets 1/4 to 3/4-inch long, densely covered with silver hairs.
Inflorescence: Small racemes of purple pea-like flowers in a hairy cluster on peduncles 1 to 6 inches long.
Bloom Period: April to June.
References: Eastern Colorado Wildflowers, Montana Field Guides and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield
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