MISSOURI MILK-VETCH
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Astragalus missouriensis  Nutt.
Smoky Valley Ranch, Logan County, Kansas
Perennial, taproots woody
Height: 1-6 inches
Family: Fabaceae - Bean Family
Flowering Period:   May, June
Stems: Prostrate, few to several, loosely tufted, 1/2 to 6 inches long, hairy.
Leaves: Alternate, odd-pinnately compound, 1 to 5 inches long, 1/4 to 3/4 inch wide; leaflets 7-21, elliptic, 1/4 to 3/4 inch long, densely silvery-white to grayish hairy.
Inflorescences: Racemes, short, on stalks about as long as leaves, 3-15-flowered.
Flowers: Calyces 1/4 to 3/4 inch long, grayish or blackish hairy; corollas papilionaceous, purple to rose-purple; banner 1/2 to 1 inch long, center usually pale; stamens 10, 9 united, 1 free.
Fruits: Pods, sessile, oblong, 1/2 to 1 inch long, contracted abruptly into beaks, hairy; seeds usually wrinkled, brown.
Habitat: Prairie hillsides, ravines, stream valleys, and roadsides, most abundant in rocky limestone soils with sparse vegetation.
Distribution: West two thirds of Kansas.
Forage Value: Missouri milk-vetch occasionally is grazed by livestock and wildlife.

Missouri milk-vetch calyces
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Smith County, Kansas
Missouri milk-vetch flowers
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Smith County, Kansas
Missouri milk-vetch pods
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Smith County, Kansas
Missouri milk-vetch
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Smoky Valley Ranch, Logan County, Kansas
Missouri milk-vetch inflorescence
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Smoky Valley Ranch, Logan County, Kansas
Missouri milk-vetch
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Smoky Valley Ranch, Logan County, Kansas
Missouri milk-vetch leaves
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Gove County, Kansas
Missouri milk-vetch
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Gove County, Kansas
Missouri milk-vetch
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Cimarron National Grassland, Morton County, Kansas
Missouri milk-vetch
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Cimarron National Grassland, Morton County, Kansas
Missouri milk-vetch fruit
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Cimarron National Grassland, Morton County, Kansas