Astragalus filipes

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Basalt milkvetch
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Astragalus
A. filipes
Binomial name
Astragalus filipes

Astragalus filipes is a species of milkvetch known by the common name basalt milkvetch. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to Utah, where it grows in many types of habitat, especially dry areas.


Astragalus filipes is a clumpy perennial herb growing 30 to 90 centimeters tall. The leaves are up to 12 centimeters long and made up of several widely spaced leaflets which are linear to oval in shape. The open inflorescence holds up to 30 off-white to pale yellow flowers each 1 to 1.5 centimeters long.

The fruit is a hanging legume pod up to 3 centimeters long. It is long and thin and dries to a papery texture.

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