Astragalus lindheimeri Engelm. ex A. Gray
Lindheimer's Milkvetch, Lindheimer's Astragulus
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: ASLI4
This species is named after Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (1801-1879) who is often called the Father of Texas Botany because of his work as the first permanent-resident plant collector in Texas. In 1834 Lindheimer immigrated to the United States as a political refugee. He spent from 1843-1852 collecting specimens in Texas. In 1844 he settled in New Braunfels, Texas, and was granted land on the banks of the Comal River, where he continued his plant collecting and attempted to establish a botanical garden. He shared his findings with many others who shared his interest in botany, including Ferdinand von Roemer and Adolph Scheele. Lindheimer is credited with the discovery of several hundred plant species. In addition his name is used to designate forty-eight species and subspecies of plants. He is buried in New Braunfels. His house, on Comal Street in New Braunfels, is now a museum.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Decumbent to ascending stems, up to about 1 foot long.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: OK , TX
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
BibliographyBibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Astragalus lindheimeri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Astragalus lindheimeri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Astragalus lindheimeri
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-06-28
Research By: TWC Staff