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Two-grooved Milkvetch - Astragalus bisulcatus


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

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General Description
Shrub-like perennial from a usually branched caudex. Herbage sparsely strigose. Stems erect, 20–70 cm, hollow at the base. Leaves with 15 to 23 narrowly elliptic leaflets, 1–2 cm long with rounded tips; stipules lanceolate, 3–6 mm long. Inflorescence dense with 20 to 80 nodding flowers. Flowers purple (white); sepals 1–4 mm long; calyx black- and/or white-hairy; banner becoming reflexed 10–15 mm long; keel 9–13 mm long. Legume 10–15 mm long, glabrous or strigose, linear with 2 grooves beneath, pendulous with a stipe 2–4 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are variety bisulcatus.

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
AB south to NM, ID, WY, NE and KS (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 53

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Habitat
Grasslands, steppe, usually on clay soils; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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