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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.


A. kentrophyta A. Gray
Perennial herb, tufted or matted, generally ± armed (stipules, leaflets generally spine-tipped); strigose, hairs simple or branched. Stem: < 3 dm. Leaf: 2–26 mm; stipules like leaflets or not, at least lower fused around stem into sheath; leaflets 3–9, 1–17 mm, linear or narrowly lanceolate. Inflorescence: flowers 1–3. Flower: petals white to pink-purple, banner generally 4–10 mm, recurved ± 45°, keel 2.9–6.3 mm. Fruit: 4–9 mm, 1.5–4 mm wide, compressed side-to-side, finely hairy; stalk-like base 0; sutures prominent; chamber 1. [Online Interchange]

Key to Astragalus kentrophyta

1. Hairs generally branched (1 branch generally shorter, or ± 0); petals often ± white, purple-tinged or not; banner oblanceolate or narrowly obovate; ovules generally 2–4

2. Plant not prostrate, not matted; White and Inyo Mountains ..... var. elatus

2' Plant prostrate, densely matted; East of Sierra Nevada (Mono Valley) ..... var. ungulatus

1' Hairs simple; petals generally pale purple to purple; banner widely obovate, obcordate, or round; ovules generally 5–8

3. Leaflets 3 (5 on lower leaves or not), rigid, spine-tipped; plant a dense rounded cushion ..... var. danaus

3' Leaflets 5–9, ± soft, minutely spine-tipped; plant a ± dense, flat mat ..... var. tegetarius


Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, [accessed on month, day, year]
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