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Don Meadow Milkvetch - Astragalus agrestis

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Perennial from rhizome-like caudex branches. Herbage sparsely strigose. Stems single or loosely tufted, 5–30 cm, lax to erect. Leaves with 11 to 23 narrowly elliptic leaflets, 5–20 mm long; stipules ovate to lanceolate, lower ones united around the stem. Inflorescence ovoid, with 5 to 15 erect flowers. Flowers purple (rarely ochroleucus) with pale wing tips and banner base; sepals 2–4 mm long; calyx pilose with black or white hairs; banner barely reflexed, 13–22 mm long; keel 11–12 mm long. Legume erect, narrowly ellipsoid, 4–10 mm long, white-hairy, grooved on 1 side (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
AK to SK south to NM, KN and IA; Asia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 165

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Moist soil of grasslands steppe, meadows, open forests, thickets, often near streams, wetlands; plains, valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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    • Joslin, G.J. 1975. Behavior and environmental selection by Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni) during surrmer and fall in the First and Second Yellow Mule drainages, Madison County, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University, Bozeman. 65 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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