Layne Locoweed, Layne's milkvetch
Color: white and purple
Common name: Layne Locoweed, Layne's milkvetch
Latin name: Astragalus layneae
Height: 1 to 6 inches tall
Description: Petals whitish with keel tip, wing tips purple, banner often lilac-blushed. Unlike most plants in the Astragalus genus, the stems, covered in coarse grayish hairs, are unusually erect.
Leaf: 4–16 cm; leaflets 11–23, 5–23 mm, ovate to round
Range: White and Inyo Mountains, Mojave Desert.
Habitat: Creosote Bush Scrub, sandy flats, washes.
Elevation: 450–1550 m.
Flowering time: Mar–Jun
Notes: Photographed March 13, 2008, Mojave Desert between Harper Dry Lake and Highway 395, San Bernardino County, Calif. Fairly common perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California in s Nevada, nw Arizona.
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