Grand Canyon National Park Sentry Milk

Currently there is one Federally listed endangered plant found within the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park: the sentry milk-vetch ( Astragalus cremnophylax var. cremnophylax ). This plant is endemic to Grand Canyon and is a perennial, mat-forming herb. It grows in crevices and on rimrock in the Kaibab Limestone formation within the pinyon-juniper vegetation type. The exact location cannot be disclosed.

The name Astragalus is derived from either the Greek word meaning ankle-bone or dice, perhaps in reference to the rattling of the seed within the fruit, or it may be derived from astro meaning star and gala meaning milk, in reference to the belief that its use in pasture land improves livestock milk yield. The specific epithet cremnophylax is from the words cremno meaning gorge and phylax meaning watchman.

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Featured Park
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Featured Wildlife
The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.
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