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Chickpea Milkvetch - Astragalus cicer
Other Names:  Cicer Milkvetch, Wild Lentil

Non-native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Perennial from rhizome-like caudex branches. Herbage strigose. Stems ascending to erect, 30–70 cm. Leaves with 17 to 29 linear-elliptic leaflets 5–35 mm long with acute tips; stipules 2–8 mm long, the lower sheathing, the upper lanceolate and distinct. Inflorescence dense with 10 to 30 ascending flowers. Flowers ochroleucus; calyx black-strigose; sepals 2–4 mm long; banner 12–16 mm long, little reflexed; keel 9–11 mm long. Legume subglobose, pilose, beaked, inflated, 10–15 mm long with long white and short black hairs (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Most of continental Europe, from southern Sweden to northern Spain, east to Finland, European Russia, the Caucasus, and Armenia, introduced in the U.S., reportedly naturalized in Whatcom County, Washington, in southern Manitoba (near Brandon), and possibly also in northeastern Nevada (Elko County) (Barneby, 1964).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 14

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