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Depauperate Milkvetch
Astragalus pauperculus
About Depauperate Milkvetch (Astragalus pauperculus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Astragalus pauperculus is an uncommon species of milkvetch known by the common name depauperate milkvetch. It is endemic to northern California, where it is known from the northern Sacramento Valley and the lowest reaches of the Cascade foothills adjacent. It grows in chaparral and vernally wet grassland habitat. This is a very small annual milkvetch which grows in a delicate mat with stems no longer than 10 centimeters. The few leaves are a few centimeters long and are made up of small widely spaced leaflets. The inflorescence bears 2 to 7 flowers which are purple, sometimes with paler colored edges on their petals. Each flower is generally less than a centimeter long. The fruit is a crescent shaped legume pod between one and two centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

4 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 15 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 23.4" - 63.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.55" - 1.84", Coldest Month: 40.8" - 51.9", Hottest Month: 61.2" - 75.6", Humidity: 2.33" - 25.80", Elevation: 58" - 5225"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Depauperate Milk-vetch

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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