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Astragalus sp._A

Perennial, stem acaulescent, glabrous. Stipules lateral, c. 6-7 mm long, appressed hairy to glabrescent, margins ciliate, acute. Leaf verticillately pinnate. Rachis (including petiole) more than 20 cm long, hairs white, spreading; leaflets verticillate, 4-12 in each whorl, linear-oblong to lanceolate, c. 5-12 mm long, c. 2-3 mm broad, covered with spreading hairs on both sides, almost sessile, acute, entire. Inflorescence an axillary, 5-6-flowered raceme, peduncle 3-4 cm long, glabrescent. Bracts linear, c. 5-6 mm long, glabrous, margins ciliate. Pedicel c. 3-4 mm long, glabrous. Calyx c. 10 mm long, glabrous, minutely hairy in upper part, teeth c. 3-4 mm, margins ciliate. Vexillum glabrous. Fruit turgid, c. 15-20 mm long, c. 5-6 mm broad, pubescent, tip acuminate, 8-12-seeded, stipe c. 4-5 mm long.

Fl.Per.: June-July.

Distribution: Endemic to Pakistan (Chitral).

This species is closely allied to Astragalus alaicus Freyn in leaf characters but differs in having more leaflets in each whorl and longer leaves.


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