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Big Bear Valley Woollypod
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Astragalus leucolobus

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About Big Bear Valley Woollypod (Astragalus leucolobus) Astragalus leucolobus is a species of milkvetch known by the common names Bear Valley milkvetch and Bear Valley woollypod. It is endemic to the mountain ranges of southern California, where it is known from scattered occurrences in the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto Mountains. It is a plant of mountain forest and woodland. This is a small perennial herb forming a low clump of spreading stems and woolly leaves. The stems are less than 7 centimeters in length and bear leaves made up of many oval-shaped, pointed leaflets. An inflorescence of 5 to 13 flowers rises above the clump of herbage. Each flower is pinkish purple and is between one and two centimeters long. The fruit is a densely woolly white legume pod with a bent tip.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
2.8 in (7.1 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
168' - 10426'

Annual Precip. ?
9.9" - 33.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.25" - 4.49"

Coldest Month ?
29.7° F - 55.7° F

Hottest Month ?
54.1° F - 74.5° F

Humidity ?
1.58 vpd - 24.69 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Bear Valley Milkvetch

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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