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Astragalus gilmanii Tidestr.

Gilman’s milk vetch

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderFabalesLegumes (pea and bean families)
FamilyFabaceaeLegume family (peas and beans)
GenusAstragalusFrom the Greek astragalos meaning “ankle bone” and an early name applied to some plants in this family because of the shape of the seeds
SpeciesgilmaniiAfter Marshall French Gilman (1871-1944), a Death Valley naturalist

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Gilman's milk vetch is native to Nevada and a few locations in the Panamint Range next to Death Valley in California, at elevations between 1.1 mi (1.8 km) and 1.9 mi (3 km).

Identification: Forms clumps of hairy stems up to 12" (30 cm) in length. Leaves are up to 4" (10 cm) long, composed of several fuzzy leaflets with purple margins. Leaf tips are sometimes notched. Flowers are pink-purple, less than ½" (1.3 cm) long. Fruit is a pink, papery, mostly air-filled pea-like sack about 1" (2.5 cm) in length, containing one or a few green seeds. This plant is uncommon and restricted in range.

Online References:

Discover Life



SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

The Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment

The Jepson Manual


Astragalus gilmanii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Astragalus gilmanii (Gilman’s milk vetch)

6/26/2007 · Roger’s Service Road, Death Valley, Cali­fornia · By Rhonda Tatiana Schorer


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