Astragalus gilmanii Tidestr.
Gilman’s milk vetch
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Rosidae||Roses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more|
|Order||Fabales||Legumes (pea and bean families)|
|Family||Fabaceae||Legume family (peas and beans)|
|Genus||Astragalus||From the Greek astragalos meaning “ankle bone” and an early name applied to some plants in this family because of the shape of the seeds|
|Species||gilmanii||After Marshall French Gilman (1871-1944), a Death Valley naturalist|
About plant names...
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.
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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6/26/2007 · Roger’s Service Road, Death Valley, California · By Rhonda Tatiana Schorer
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