Nevada Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Ash Meadows milkvetch
(Astragalus phoenix)

Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Astragalus
Species: phoenix
Habitat: These species are restricted to the Ash Meadows region and ground water basin in Nye County, Nevada, and Inyo County, California.

Official Status:


Life History:

The Ash Meadows milk-vetch is a low matted perennial forming mounds 40 to 50 cm across and its pinkish to purple flowers are borne on short, erect stems in the mat and commonly number only one or two per inflorescence.. The flowers are about 23 mm long.


Distribution and Habitat:


The Ash Meadows milk-vetch occurs only in Nye County, Nevada on dry, hard, white, barren saline, clay flats, knolls, and slopes and in the Amargosa River drainage in extreme southeastern Inyo County, California.




The loss of habitat by recent agricultural and municipal development activities, the clearing of land for road construction,the removal of ground water and diversion of surface spring flow, and local mining activities threaten the integrity of the species' habitat and,therefore, their survival.


Actions / Current Information:


Date Citation Title
05/21/2010 75 FR 28636 28642 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 34 Species in California and Nevada; Availability of 96 Completed 5-Year Reviews in California and Nevada
03/05/2008 73 FR 11945 11950 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California and Nevada; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California, Nevada and Southern Oregon
05/20/1985 50 FR 20777 20794 Determination of Thr. Status w/ Crit. Hab for 6 Plants & 1 Insect in Ash Meadows, NV & CA; & End. Status w/ Crit. Hab. for 1 Plant in Ash Meadows; 50 FR 20777-20794
10/13/1983 48 FR 46590 46598 Proposed End. Status & Crit. Hab. for Seven Plant & One Insect Species in Ash Meadows, NV & CA; 48 FR 46590-46598
Last updated: April 16, 2014