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Cima Milkvetch
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About Cima Milkvetch (Astragalus cimae) Astragalus cimae is a species of milkvetch known by the common name Cima milkvetch. It is native to the Mojave Desert and its sky island woodlands of eastern California western Nevada, especially on calcareous soils, including the Cima Dome area in the Mojave National Preserve. Astragalus cimae is a spreading perennial herb with somewhat fleshy stems up to about 25 centimeters long. Leaves are up to 11 centimeters long and made up of oval or rounded leaflets. The plant bears an inflorescence of up to 25 flowers with reddish or pinkish purple petals sometimes tipped with white. Each flower is between 1 and 1. 5 centimeters long. The fruit is a legume pod with usually two inflated chambers. Astragalus cimae is a spreading perennial herb with somewhat fleshy stems up to about 25 centimeters long. Leaves are up to 11 centimeters long and made up of oval or rounded leaflets. The plant bears an inflorescence of up to 25 flowers with reddish or pinkish purple petals sometimes tipped with white. Each flower is between 1 and 1. 5 centimeters long. The fruit is a legume pod with usually two inflated chambers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.8 - 9.8 in (2 - 24.9 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple, Red

Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
4138' - 6961'

Annual Precip. ?
6.3" - 10.8"

Summer Precip. ?
1.09" - 2.80"

Coldest Month ?
35.2° F - 49.8° F

Hottest Month ?
60.8° F - 72.6° F

Humidity ?
3.09 vpd - 25.79 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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