Astragalus shortianus

(Short's Milkvetch)

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Astragalus shortianus, Fourmile Area, Chaffee Co. 6605

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Astragalus shortianus, Fourmile Area, Chaffee Co. 6602

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Astragalus shortianus, Fourmile Area, Chaffee Co. 6610

Scientific Name Astragalus shortianus USDA PLANTS Symbol ASSH3
Common Name Short's Milkvetch ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 25678
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains and foothills (4500 to 9800 ft); dry, gravelly areas, shrublands, grasslands, rocky slopes.
Plant: Short perennial up to 6 inches tall; inflorence supported on peduncles rather than stems.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound leaves with 9 to 17 obovate leaflets 1/4 to 3/4-inch long, densely covered with silver hairs.
Inflorescence: Small racemes of purple pea-like flowers in a hairy cluster on peduncles 1 to 6 inches long.
Bloom Period: April to June.
References: Eastern Colorado Wildflowers, Montana Field Guides and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield
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Colorado Status:
Native

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