Common name: Snow Milk-Vetch
Botanical name: Astragalus nivalis Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Astragalus orthanthus, Astragalus nathaliae, Astragalus orthanthoides
Snow Milk-Vetch is a perennial her with erect stem
white velvety. Leaves are compound, about 2-5 cm long, velvety.
Leaflets are 11-17, about 2-5 mm long, oval to rotund-oval, rarely
oblong-oval, covered with prostrate hairs. Stipules are about 3-6 mm,
fused, encircling the stem. Inflorescence is 6-20 flowered, stalked
dense raceme. Stalk is about 2.5-5.2 cm long. Bracts about 2-3 mm long,
white and black pubescent. Flower-stalks are very short. Sepal cup is
0.8-1 cm long in flowers, about 1-1.2 cm long and spherical oval in
fruit, densely velvety, hairs white and black, teeth about 1 mm long.
Flowers are violet. Standard petal is about 1.5-1.8 cm long. Wing about
1.5-1.7 cm long. Keel about 1.4-1.6 cm long. Fruit is about 5-10 mm
long, about 3.5 mm broad, white and black-pubescent, stipe less than 1
Snow Milk-Vetch is found in Kashmir, W. Himalayas, Tibet, Russia.
Identification credit: Krishan Lal
|Photographed in Lahaul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.|