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Astragalus melanostachys Benth. ex Bunge, Astrag. 1:21. 1868. 2:22. 1869; Baker in Hook.f.,Fl.Brit.Ind.2:125.1876; Borissova in Komarov Fl.U.R.S.S. 12:56.1946; Ali in Biologia 7:33.1961.

  • Astragalus bracteosus Klotzsch
  • Astragalus macrostegius Rech.f.
  • Astragalus supraglaber Kitamura

    Perennial, c. 10-60 cm tall, branched from almost the base, stem glabrous. Leaf imparipinnately compound, petiole c. 1.2-5.0 cm long, rachis c. 1.2-5.0 cm long, leaflets 11-15, oblong or elliptic, c. 3-18 mm long, c. 3-6 mm broad, entire, retuse, glabrous above, sparingly pubescent or glabrous below; stipules c. 3-8 mm long, connate. Inflorescence an axillary pedunculate raceme; peduncle c. 2.5-20 cm long,-black pubescent. Bracts c. 4-6 mm long, black-pubescent. Calyx c. 3.5-4.5 mm long, densely black-pubescent, or hairs black and white, teeth c. 2.2-2.5 mm long. Corolla red or pale pink. Vexillum c. 7 mm long. Wing c. 5-6 mm long. Keel c. 4-5 mm long, Fruit c. 4-5 mm long, globular or ovoid, densely black-pubescent, unilocular, 2-seeded.

    Fl.Per.: June-August.

    Holotype: Himalaya, Hoffmeister (B-not seen).

    Distribution: Pakistan (N.W.F. Province); Kashmir; India (N. Punjab, Kumaun, Garhwal); Tibet; Russia, Pamir Alai; Afghanistan.


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