Astragalus hostilis Boiss., Fl.Or. 2:306. 1872. Ali in Biologia 7:68.1961; Deml in Boissiera 21: 106.1972.
Perennial, woody undershrub, c. 20 cm or less, Root woody, elongated. Stem covered by persistent spiny raches, internodes almost invisible. Leaf paripinnately compound, petiole c. 4-10 mm long, pilose, rachis c. 1.5-2.8 mm long, pilose, leaflets 10-18 (-20), middle ones c. 3-4 mm long, c. 1.5 mm broad, oblanceolate, entire, acute, glabrous to subglabrous above, villous below, sessile; upper leaflets progressively smaller; stipules c. 5-6 mm long, pubescent. Flowers 1-2 axillary, pedicel c. 2 mm long, pilose. Calyx c. 10-15 mm long, pubescent, hairs white, spreading, teeth c. 2.4-4.5 mm long. Vexillum c. 20-23 mm long, glabrous. Fruit ovate, glabrescent, bilocular.
Fl.Per.: April June.
Holotype: E-4 Baluchistan, Nichara, Stocks 917 (K;G).
Distribution: Pakistan (Baluchistan).
I have not seen the Type of Astragalus parkeri Deml [Rechinger 3084 (W)], how-ever I have studied a specimen annotated by Deml as Astragalus parkeri Deml [Swat: Ka-lam, mountain S.E. of village, upper section of hill above ‘alp’ rocks near ridges, 3000-3200 m, 6.6.1965, J.Lamond 1842 (E)]. It agrees well with other specimens of Astragalus hostilis Boiss., except in having spreading hairs on leaves.