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Cima milkvetch
Conservation status

Imperiled (NatureServe)
Scientific classification

Astragalus cimae is a species of milkvetch known by the common name Cima milkvetch. It is native to the Mojave Desert and its sky island woodlands of eastern California western Nevada, especially on calcareous soils, including the Cima Dome area in the Mojave National Preserve.


Astragalus cimae is a spreading perennial herb with somewhat fleshy stems up to about 25 cm (9.8 in) long. Leaves are up to 11 cm (4.3 in) long and made up of oval or rounded leaflets. The plant bears an inflorescence of up to 25 flowers with reddish or pinkish purple petals sometimes tipped with white. Each flower is between 1 and 1.5 cm (0.39 and 0.59 in) long. The fruit is a legume pod with usually two inflated chambers.

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