Layne's Milkvetch

Common Names:
Layne's Milkvetch
Scientific name:
Astragalus layneae
Elevation range:
<5,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
1 - 7 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Perennial
Notes:
TOXIC
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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Laynes Milkvetch in the desert

Astragalus layneae flowers are white or light pink wing petals and a dark pink/purple banner spot and on the keel petals. The stem is reddish brown and woolly.  Lucerne Valley, CA | April 2015

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Laynes Milkvetch in the desert

Astragalus layneae leaves are grayish and oval arranged in pairs along the stems. Fruit (at left) is a reddish, woolly narrow pod (not inflated) that curls or is curved in shape. Mojave National Preserve | April 2014