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Providence Mountains Milkvetch Back to Plant Page
Astragalus nutans

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About Providence Mountains Milkvetch (Astragalus nutans) Astragalus nutans is a species of milkvetch known by the common name Providence Mountains milkvetch. It is endemic to the Mojave Desert of eastern California, where it was named for the local Providence Mountains in the Mojave National Preserve. It is endemic to the Mojave Desert of eastern California, where it was named for the local Providence Mountains in the Mojave National Preserve. Astragalus nutans is a small annual or perennial herb growing patchlike and low to the ground or erect to a maximum height near 15 centimeters. Its leaves are a few centimeters long and are made up of several narrow oval-shaped leaflets. Stem and leaves are coated thinly in rough hairs. The inflorescence bears 6 to 10 pinkish purple flowers with pale petal tips. The fruit is an inflated legume pod up to 2. 5 centimeters long. It dries to a thin papery texture and contains many seeds in its single chamber.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
2.4 - 5.9 in (6.1 - 15 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
66' - 9669'

Annual Precip. ?
2.7" - 18.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.57" - 4.38"

Coldest Month ?
31.7° F - 58.7° F

Hottest Month ?
54.7° F - 87.9° F

Humidity ?
2.91 vpd - 37.71 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Providence Mountain 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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