Astragalus alpinus (Alpine Milk-Vetch) - photos and description

Astragalus alpinus

Astragalus alpinus

Astragalus alpinus

Astragalus alpinus

Astragalus alpinus
Calyx black pubescent

Astragalus alpinus
Pods black pubescent

Astragalus alpinus

General: Rhizomatous, weak-stemmed plant, with a mat-forming to decumbent growth habit.

Flowers: Flowers in spikes, white to pale blue in colour, flowers measured to 12 mm long. Calyx with black hairs. Fruit black pubescent.

Leaves: Leaves pinnate to 25 leaflets, leaflets oblong to oval, with a small notch in the apex (retuse). We measured leaflets to 15 mm long and 6 mm wide. Leaves hairy on both sides, stems sparsely hairy below, glabrous above.

Height: Height of flower stems listed in Budd's Flora to 40 cm, we measured them to 34 cm tall.

Habitat: Forest margins, open and disturbed areas.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken July 28th, edge of grid road, moist mixed woods, Boreal forest, about 300 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.