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Astragalus collinus Douglas ex G. Don
Rattle milk-vetch (hillside milk-vetch)
Fabaceae (Pea family)

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Astragalus collinus var. collinus

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a taproot and branching stem-base; stems several, clumped, spreading to erect, 10-50 cm tall, often branched, leafless on lower part, with fine, soft, curly, unbranched hairs.
Alternate, pinnately compound, 3-9 cm long, short-stalked; leaflets 11 to 21, oblanceolate to oblong, often notched at the tip, 8-20 mm long; stipules lanceolate, 2-5 mm long, not joined.
Inflorescence an axillary raceme of 15 to 40 nodding, pea-like flowers, the racemes compact at first then elongating, 4-12 cm long on stalks that are longer than the leaves; corollas creamy-white to yellowish with greenish tinges, 13-17 mm long, the stubby banner shorter than the wings, which barely exceed the blunt keel; calyces 7-10 mm long, downy with white and black hairs, the tube bulging on one side at the base, the lance-triangular teeth 1-3 mm long.
Pods, lance-oblong, drooping on stalks 5-15 mm long, straight or gently curved, 7-25 mm long, laterally flattened, with short, soft or appressed hairs, somewhat fleshy becoming leathery and net-veined, 1-chambered.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grasslands, sagebrush flats and rocky slopes in the steppe and lower montane zones; locally common in SC BC; S to ID and NE OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Astragalus collinus

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 387 717 1310
Slope Gradient (%) 0 24 80
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
1 173 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 3 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(37), ICH(2), IDF(9), MS(1), PP(11)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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