Browse Milkvetch - Astragalus cibarius
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Found in numerous counties in Montana, widespread and not rare in the Great Basin. Many collections are recent.
Perennial from a short-branched caudex. Herbage glabrate to strigose. Stems ascending, 5–30 cm. Leaves with 11 to 19 elliptic leaflets, 5–20 mm long with rounded to truncate tips; stipules ovate, 2–5 mm long, membranous, mostly distinct. Inflorescence ca. as long as the leaves, dense with 4 to 15 ascending flowers. Flowers magenta with yellowish wings; calyx black-strigose; sepals ca. 1 mm long; banner 15–19 mm long, reflexed; keel 9–13 mm long. Legume erect, narrowly elliptic, curved, compressed perpendicular to the septum, white-strigillose, 2–3 cm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Similar to Astragalus lentiginosus, from which it differs in having larger, conspicuous stipules and abruptly apiculate fruits that nearly lack a laterally compressed triangular beak. Also, the flowers of most A. lentiginosus in Montana are cream, while those of A. cibarius are more often purple.
ID, MT south to NV, UT and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Grows in sagebrush steppe in dry soil.
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.