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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. purshii Douglas PURSH'S MILKVETCH
Perennial herb, sparsely to densely cespitose; herbage hairs generally 1–2.3 mm, fine, cottony, dense, tangled, silvery or gray. Stem: 0–14 cm. Leaf: 1–15 cm; leaflets 3–17, 2–20 mm, narrowly elliptic to ± round, tips blunt to notched. Inflorescence: ± among leaves; flowers 1–11, ascending. Flower: petals white, cream, pink-purple, or purple, banner 9–26 mm, recurved ± 40°, keel 8–21.2 mm. Fruit: ascending, 7–27 mm, 4–13 mm wide, ovate or widely lanceolate in side view, hairs generally dense, generally 1.5–5 mm, all ± wavy or all straight, white (fruit resembling a cotton ball); chambers 1 or 2. Locally and regionally variable. Like Astragalus newberryi var. newberryi (longer, ± straight, partly spreading hairs). [Online Interchange]

Key to Astragalus purshii

1. Calyx < 10 mm; fruit 7–17 mm

2. Fruit incurved at least 1/2 circle; ne Modoc Plateau ..... var. lagopinus

2' Fruit incurved near beak; High Sierra Nevada, San Bernardino Mountains, perhaps w edge East of Sierra Nevada ..... var. lectulus

1' Calyx > 10 mm; fruit 13–27 mm

3. Petals white or cream, tip pale lilac or not; inflorescence 1–6-flowered ..... var. purshii

3' Petals pink-purple or purple; inflorescence 3–11 flowered ..... var. tinctus


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