Erect Milk-Vetch
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Erect Milk-Vetch
P Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Erect Milk-Vetch
Botanical name: Astragalus strictus    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Astragalus mutabilis, Astragalus strictus f. albiflorus

Erect Milk-Vetch is a plant 8-30 cm tall, appressed hairy. Flowers are borne in globular clusters 1-1.5 cm across, carried on stalks shorter than the pinnate leaves. Flower-cluster-stalks are about 5-12 cm long, white and black velvet-hairy. Petals pale pinkish to purple; standard elliptic, 7-9 x 4-5.5 mm; wings 6-8 mm; keel 5.5-7 mm. Vexillum is about 8-10 mm long. Wing and keel shorter than the vexillum; keel about 5 to less than 7 mm long. Sepal-cup is 3.5-4 mm, rather densely covered with appressed white hairs up to 1 mm and with mostly shorter black hairs, sometimes with predominantly black hairs; teeth 1-2 mm. Stems are caespitose, rising up, appressed velvet-hairy. Leaves are imparipinnately compound, about 2.5-5.0 cm long, leaf-stalk short; leaflets about 19-25, about 6-10 mm long, oblong, entire, blunt, velvet-hairy, hairs appressed, white; stipules leaf-like, free, triangular. Fruit is about 6-8 mm long, arcuate, white and black velvet-hairy, about 6-8-seeded, stipe short. Erect Milk-Vetch is found from Kashmir, to Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, Bangladesh, at altitudes of 2100-5600 m. Flowering: April-September.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Phyang, Ladakh.

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