Milk Vetch — so rare that 16,000 acres must be protected to preserve it

Astragalus canadensis L.

File:Astragalusjaegerianus.jpgIf you have Canadian Milk Vetch (Astragalus canadensis) [at left] growing in your prairie-like garden as we do, you might find it surprising to learn that not all of its cousins thrive as robustly. The Lane Mountain Milk Vetch (Astragalus jaegerianus) [at right] is found in only a few pockets of the Mojave Desert, an area frequented by the Army conducting tank training sessions.

Thanks to a court decision in favor of a Center for Biological Diversity suit, 16,156 acres of habitat have received the designation required to give the nearly extinct plant a chance to survive. Read more here.

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