The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Red Butte Garden and Arboretum
The conservation of Astragalus anserinus is fully sponsored.
Rita Dodge and Sarah Kulpa contributed to this Plant Profile.
A. anserinus is a matt forming forb known to grow only on soils formed from ancient volcanic tuff. As one of the few species to populate these barren tuffaceaous outcrops, it assists with soil stabilization. In spring this plant will display bright pink - purple flowers on the backdrop of the soft, gray pubescent leaves. Red curved seed pods form in early June-July.
This species certainly does not consider political boundaries when choosing its habitat, as it occurs in the tri-state corners of Nevada, Utah, and Idaho.
This species is a candidate for listing on the Federal Endangered species list. It has a Global ranking of G2; S1(Idaho and Utah).
Distribution & Occurrence
White tuffaceous outcrops in sagebrush, rabbitbrush, and juniper communities at 5,000-5,220 feet.
|Idaho 11,000 individuals
Nevada 5,052 individuals
Utah 7,617 individuals
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Wildfire response and restoration activities
Diminished recruitment activity due to:
Baird, G.I.; Tuhy, J.; Franklin, M.A. 1991. Report for the 1990 Challenge Cost share project USDI Bureau of Land Management. Target species: Astragalus anserinus Atwood, Goodrich, and Welsh, Penstemon idahoensis Atwood and Welsh, Potentilla cottamii Holm
Mancuso, M.; Mosely, R.K. 1991. Report on the conservation status of Astragalus anserinus, in Idaho and Utah. Boise, Idaho: Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 2009. Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants; 12-month finding on a petition to list Astragalus anserinus (Goose Creek milkvetch) as Threatened or Endangered. .