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Astragalus panamintensis

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About Panamint Milkvetch (Astragalus panamintensis) Astragalus panamintensis is a species of milkvetch known by the common name Panamint milkvetch. It is endemic to Inyo County, California, where it is native to the Panamint Range. It grows from cracks in the limestone cliffs of the desert mountains. It is endemic to Inyo County, California, where it is native to the Panamint Range. It grows from cracks in the limestone cliffs of the desert mountains. Astragalus panamintensis is a small, brambly perennial herb having wiry, tangled, silvery green stems up to 15 centimeters long. The leaves are up to 12 centimeters long and are made up of a thin central shaft bearing a few widely spaced, pointed linear leaflets. The inflorescence holds one to four pinkish-purple flowers, each around a centimeter long. The fruit is a roughly hairy legume pod which is somewhat triangular in cross-section and dries to a papery texture. It may be nearly two centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.36 - 5.9 in (0.9 - 15 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
2221' - 8723'

Annual Precip. ?
4.9" - 14.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.73" - 3.03"

Coldest Month ?
37.2° F - 51.2° F

Hottest Month ?
58.6° F - 77.1° F

Humidity ?
4.36 vpd - 30.67 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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