Astragalus pycnostachyus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Astragalus pycnostachyus
Astragalus pycnostachyus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Astragalus
Species: A. pycnostachyus
Binomial name
Astragalus pycnostachyus
A.Gray

Astragalus pycnostachyus is a species of milkvetch known by the common name marsh milkvetch. It is endemic to the coastline of California, where it grows in wet saline habitat such as marshes.

Description[edit]

The marsh milkvetch is a perennial herb forming a thick erect clump of hollow, woolly stems 40 to 90 centimeters tall. The leaves are up to 15 centimeters long and are made up of many narrow oval-shaped leaflets. The inflorescence is a cluster of many whitish to greenish flowers each up to a centimeter in length.

The fruit is an inflated, papery legume pod with a small hooked beak at the tip.

Varieties[edit]

The species has two named varieties.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]