Astragalus amphioxys A. Gray
Crescent Milkvetch, Crescent Milk-vetch
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: ASAM5
A tufted, grayish, hairy plant with pinnately compound leaves and lavender, pink, or red-violet pea flowers in short racemes.
Crescent Milk-vetch can be distinguished from many similar species by its pod, which has only one chamber and a lower seam that lies in a groove rather than forming a prominent ridge.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Southern Nevada east to western Colorado, central New Mexico, and extreme western Texas.
Native Habitat: Sandy or gravelly soil in deserts, arid grasslands, and among piņon and juniper.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Astragalus amphioxys in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Astragalus amphioxys in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Astragalus amphioxys
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-12-17
Research By: TWC Staff