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Mojave Milkvetch
Astragalus mohavensis

About Mojave Milkvetch (Astragalus mohavensis) Astragalus mohavensis is a species of milkvetch known by the common name Mojave milkvetch. It is native to the Mojave Desert of California and Nevada. This is an annual or perennial herb forming clumpy gray-green patches of upright stems up to 35 centimeters long. Leaves are up to about 12 centimeters long and are made up of many oval-shaped to rounded leaflets. The inflorescence bears up to 15 pinkish-purple flowers, each around a centimeter in length. The fruit is a hairy, leathery legume pod up to about 3 centimeters long. Varieties: There are two varieties of this plant. The rare variety A. m. var. hemigyrus, the halfring milkvetch, can be found only in Nevada, having been extirpated from the California side of the desert; it can be distinguished from the more common variety by its curved or coiled seed pods.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual Herb, Perennial Herb

Max. Height
0.16 - 1.2 ft (0.05 - 0.37 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1158' - 9540'

Annual Precip. ?
3.3" - 18.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.45" - 4.22"

Coldest Month ?
33.3° F - 55.3° F

Hottest Month ?
57.0° F - 83.9° F

Humidity ?
3.24 vpd - 38.60 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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