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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.


Perennial herb, generally low, open, widely branched, silvery-hairy or not. Stem: several, ± ascending or erect, 4–40 cm. Leaf: 1.5–10 cm; stipule sheaths papery; leaflets 5–21, 2–21 mm, oblong to obovate. Inflorescence: flowers 3–16, ± spaced, spreading or reflexed. Flower: petals cream to pink-purple, banner 8.3–17.2 mm, recurved 50–80°, keel 7.3–13.8 mm. Fruit: pendent; body 15–60 mm, 10–25 mm wide, bladdery, glabrous to minutely strigose, generally red or purple mottled, papery; stalk-like base 2–9 mm, slender; chamber 1; ovules 13–37. Varieties intergrade. [Online Interchange]

Key to Astragalus whitneyi

1. Ovary, young fruit hairs minute, curved ..... var. confusus

1' Ovary, young fruit glabrous

2. Herbage hairs spreading to ascending; leaf 2–4 cm, ± without spaces between leaflets ..... var. lenophyllus

2' Herbage hairs incurved-ascending to appressed; leaf often > 4 cm, with spaces between leaflets

3. Fruit body 1.5–6 cm; herbage hairs ± appressed; Klamath Ranges, n High North Coast Ranges, High Cascade Range, Modoc Plateau ..... var. siskiyouensis

3' Fruit body 1.5–3 cm; herbage hairs incurved-ascending to appressed; High Cascade Range, s Sierra Nevada Foothills, High Sierra Nevada, n Western Transverse Ranges, n East of Sierra Nevada, White and Inyo Mountains ..... var. whitneyi


Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, [accessed on month, day, year]
Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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