Botanical name: Astragalus rhizanthus subsp. candolleanus Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Astragalus candolleanus, Astragalus royleanus, Astragalus vexillilongus
Candolle's Milk-Vetch is a low very spiny shrublet, with yellow flowers in dense stalkless clusters, compound leaves and long spines formed from old leaves. Flowers are 1.5-2.5 cm long, yellow, standard longer than the wings and the much shorter keel. Sepal tube is densely white silky-hairy. Leaves are 5-10 cm long, with 6-13 pairs of oblong to ovate leaflets 3-8 mm. The central rachis of old leaves becomes woody and becomes a long thorn. Pods are 1.5-2.5 cm long, with spreading silky hairs. Candolle's Milk-Vetch is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 2700-4500 m. Flowering: May-August.
The flower labeled Candolle's Milk-Vetch is ...