Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Astragalus tephrodes, Ashen Milkvetch

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Scientific Name: Astragalus tephrodes
Common Name: Ashen Milkvetch
Also Called:
Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae Family
Synonyms: (Xylophacos tephrodes)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: 20 inches or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb;
Leaves: Green or greenish-gray or silvery; silky pubescence, leaves pinnately compound, leaflets many, small, folded, obovate.
Flower Color: Purple or pink-purple; flowers large, showy; the upper petal of the flower (banner) is recurved; the fruit is a legume.
Flowering Season: April to July.
Elevation: 3,500 to 8,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Middle to high elevations; open areas in pine forests, dry areas.
Recorded Range: In the United States Astragalus tephrodes is found in AZ, CA, NM, NV and UT. The center of the U.S. population is throughout central and northern Arizona.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: Several hundred species in Astragalus throughout North America; 80 or more species in Arizona. 4 varieties in Astragalus tephrodes;
Astragalus tephrodes var. brachylobus, Ashen Milkvetch, AZ, CA, NM, NV, UT;
Astragalus tephrodes var. chloridae, Ashen Milkvetch, AZ, NV;
Astragalus tephrodes var. remulcus, Ashen Milkvetch, CA only)
Astragalus tephrodes var. tephrodes, Ashen Milkvetch, AZ, NM.

Comments: Little information is available for Astragalus tehprodes.

Also see Arizona Milkvetch, Astragalus arizonicus; and Dwarf White Milkvetch, Astragalus didymocarpus.

Date Profile Completed: 08/06/2015
References:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet http://www.wildflower.org/plants/ [accessed: 08/06/2015 ]. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ASTE8
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/interchange/I_treat_indexes.html, as A. tephrodes var. brachylobus (08/06/2015)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations, http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/.