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Pakistan | Family List | Papilionaceae | Astragalus

Astragalus hamosus Linn., Sp. Pl. 758. 1753. Boiss.,Fl.Or.2:238.1872; Baker in Hook.f.,Fl.Brit.Ind.2:122.1876; Gontscharov & Popov in Komarov,Fl. U.R.S.S. 12:781.1946; All in Biologia 7: 78.1961.

Annual, stem erect, ascending or prostrate, 55 cm or less tall, appressed pubescent. Leaf imparipinnately compound, 3-12 cm long, petiole very short, petiole and rachis appressed hairy; leaflets 11-21, 3-15 mm long, oblong to oblong-obovate, retuse, glabrous above, pubescent below; stipules 4-9 mm long, connate and adnate to petiole, ciliate on the margins. Inflorescence a pedunculate dense raceme, peduncle c. 12 cm or less. Bracts 3-4 mm long. Calyx c. 4 mm long, pubescent, hairs black and white, teeth c. 3 mm long. Corolla white or pale yellow. Vexillum 8-10 mm long. Wing c. 5-6 mm long. Keel 4.5-5.0 mm long. Fruit sessile,-2-4 cm long, 2.5-3 mm broad, linear, falcate to subfalcate, glabrescent or minutely appressed-pubescent, bilocular, many-seeded.

Fl.Per.: February-March.

Holotype: Messina and Mouspila, Herb. Linn 926.19 (LINN).

Distribution: Pakistan, Punjab; Persia ;Iraq; Iran; Jordan; Israel; Arabia; Kuwait; Egypt; Algeria; Morocco; Libya; Canary Islands; Portugal; Spain; France; Italy; Yugoslavia; Albania; Greece; Bulgaria; Turkey; Russia.


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