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Mono Milkvetch
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About Mono Milkvetch (Astragalus monoensis) Astragalus monoensis is a rare species of milkvetch known by the common name Mono milkvetch. It is endemic to the open pumice plains of central Mono County, California. Astragalus monoensis is a rhizomatous perennial herb with stems growing partly underground and emerging to lie flat on the sand. The leaves are up to 3 centimeters long and are made up of several tiny oval-shaped leaflets. Stem and leaflets are hairy. Astragalus monoensis is a rhizomatous perennial herb with stems growing partly underground and emerging to lie flat on the sand. The leaves are up to 3 centimeters long and are made up of several tiny oval-shaped leaflets. Stem and leaflets are hairy. The inflorescence is a cluster of 6 to 12 very pale pink to yellowish flowers, each around a centimeter long. The fruit is a legume pod, curved to bent in shape and drying to a papery, hairy texture. It is 1. 5 to 2 centimeters in length and contains around 18 to 20 seeds in its two chambers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
4155' - 11392'

Annual Precip. ?
7.0" - 37.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.75" - 1.94"

Coldest Month ?
23.6° F - 48.1° F

Hottest Month ?
44.5° F - 71.4° F

Humidity ?
1.06 vpd - 24.46 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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