Threatened, Endangered, and Proposed (TEP) Plant Profile

Astragalus albens, Cushenbury milk-vetch.
Classic pea-flowers of Cushenbury milk-vetch make it clear that this plant belongs to the pea family. Photo by Chelsea Vollmer, San Bernardino National Forest.

Astragalus albens, Cushenbury milk-vetch habitat.
Cushenbury milk-vetch’s southern California montane desert is covered with a purple haze of spring blooms if winter rains have come. Photo by Chelsea Vollmer, San Bernardino National Forest.

Astragalus albens, Cushenbury milk-vetch range map.
Astragalus albens range map.

Astragalus albens, Cushenbury milk-vetch

ESA Status

Visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Species Profile link below for links to listing and other USFWS documents.

Threats

The primary threats are associated with limestone mining:

  • Direct removal of mined materials
  • Disposal of overburden on adjacent unmined habitat
  • Road construction

Lesser threats include:

  • Sand and gravel mining
  • Off-highway vehicle use
  • Recreational and urban development
  • Power line and hydroelectric development
  • Loss of pollinators or seed dispersal agents

Conservation Status

National Forest and Grassland Occurrence

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