San Bernardino Milkvetch

Common Names:
San Bernardino Milkvetch
Scientific name:
Astragalus bernardinus
Elevation range:
2,700 - 7,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
April, May, June
Height | Length:
< 12 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Perennial
Notes:
Rare, TOXIC
State Occurrences:
California Rare Plant Rank:
1B.2--Rare, Threatened, Endangered in CA & elsewhere
Desert region:
Mojave

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San Bernardino Milkvetch in the desert

Astragalus bernardinus flowers are a dusty pink in bud, and have purple petals with white stripes on the keel in mature flowers. Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2015

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San Bernardino Milkvetch  in the desert

The inflorescence of Astragalus bernardinus has a mostly naked stem with purple flowers cluster near the top. Dark green sepals cover the buds. Pipes Canyon | March 2016

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San Bernardino Milkvetch in the desert

Leaves of Astragalus bernardinus are linear and hairy, pinnately arranged on the petiole. Pipes Canyon | March 2015

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San Bernardino Milkvetch in the desert

Astragalus bernardinus fruit is greenish pink and slightly curved. It turns brown when seeds are mature. Pipes Canyon, CA | April 2015