CPC Plant Profile: Mono Milkvetch
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Mono Milkvetch (Astragalus monoensis)

Photo Credit: ©2016 John Doyen
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 155316
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 09/18/2021

Astragalus monoensis is low-to-the-ground milk vetch with a serpentine growth pattern (vine-like growing). Named after its endemic habitat, the Mono milk vetch can be found in Mono County in central California where it thrives in open areas of pumice (volcanic rock). In particular, the Inyo National Forest is where the majority of their occurrences can be found. In the summer months, pale pink/yellow flowers can be found across the pumice plains. Their habitat preferences are vulnerable to disturbances from off-roading and sheep grazing.   

Participating Institutions
  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden holds 1 accessions of Astragalus monoensis in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 2149 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

  • 08/05/2020
  • Seed Collection

Based on an August 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden has collected 1 seed accessions of Astragalus monoensis from 1 plant occurrences listed in the California Natural Diversity Database. These collections together emcompass 10 maternal plants

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Taxon Astragalus monoensis
Authority Barneby
Family Fabaceae
CPC Number 447
ITIS 25591
Common Names Mono milk vetch | Mono milkvetch
Associated Scientific Names Astragalus monoensis | Astragalus monoensis var. monoensis
State Rank
State State Rank
California S2

open pumice (volcanic rock) plains 

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