Astragalus tephrodes, Ashen Milkvetch
Scientific Name: Astragalus tephrodes
Common Name: Ashen Milkvetch
Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae Family
Synonyms: (Xylophacos tephrodes)
Size: 20 inches or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb;
Leaves: Green or greenish-gray or silvery; silky pubescence, leaves pinnately compound, leaflets many, small, folded, obovate.
Flower Color: Purple or pink-purple; flowers large, showy; the upper petal of the flower (banner) is recurved; the fruit is a legume.
Flowering Season: April to July.
Elevation: 3,500 to 8,000 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Middle to high elevations; open areas in pine forests, dry areas.
Recorded Range: In the United States Astragalus tephrodes is found in AZ, CA, NM, NV and UT. The center of the U.S. population is throughout central and northern Arizona.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Astragalus tephrodes.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
Genus Information: Several hundred species in Astragalus throughout North America; 80 or more species in Arizona.
4 varieties in Astragalus tephrodes;
Astragalus tephrodes var. brachylobus, Ashen Milkvetch, AZ, CA, NM, NV, UT;
Astragalus tephrodes var. chloridae, Ashen Milkvetch, AZ, NV;
Astragalus tephrodes var. remulcus, Ashen Milkvetch, CA only)
Astragalus tephrodes var. tephrodes, Ashen Milkvetch, AZ, NM.
Comments: Little information is available for Arizona Milkvetch, Astragalus tephrodes.