Park Milkvetch - Astragalus leptaleus
Perennial from rhizome-like caudex branches. Herbage glabrate to sparsely strigose. Stems erect to ascending, 5–25 cm. Leaves with 13 to 19 linear-lanceolate leaflets, 3–15 mm long with acute tips; stipules 1–4 mm long, connate. Inflorescence sparse with 1 to 5 spreading flowers, shorter than the leaves. Flowers white; calyx black strigose; sepals 1–3 mm long; banner 8–12 mm long, moderately reflexed; keel 6–8 mm long with a purple tip. Legume pendent, narrowly elliptic, flattened, sparsely black-and white-strigose, 8–14 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Regional endemic with a bimodal distribution in north-central Idaho and western Montana, and southeastern Wyoming and central Colorado.
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Moist or wet, often alkaline meadows in the valley, foothills, and montane zones.
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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.
- Vanderhorst, J.P. and P. Lesica. 1994. Sensitive plant survey in the Tendoy Mountains, Beaverhead County, Montana. Unpublished report to the Bureau of Land Management, Butte District. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, MT. 59 pp. plus appendices.