Astragalus davuricus (Pallas) DC. - Daurian Milk-vetch, Steven.s Milk-vetch.

Taxonomic position.

Family Fabaceae Lindl., genus Astragalus L.


Astragalus stevenianus DC., Phaca davurica Pallas, Galega davurica Pall., Tephrosia davurica Pers., Astragalus achtalensis Conrath & Freyn, A. applicatus Boriss., A. conrathii Freyn, A. dahuricus Koch, A. ispirensis Boiss., A. junceus Ledeb., A. kochianus Sosn.

Morphology and biology.

Annual or biennial plant 15-65 cm tall. Stems erect, adpressedly hairy. Leaves 4-8 cm long, on short petioles or subsessile, with 5-9 pairs of oblong-elliptic or lanceolate leaflets 7-15 mm long, long-patent-hairy or glabrous above. Peduncles 1-4 cm long, together with inflorescence usually longer than leaves. Flowers lilac-purple, in lax many-flowered raceme elongating after flowering. Bracts narrow-linear. Calyx campanulate, 5-7 mm long, obliquely cut. Pods erect, narrow-linear, 1.5 cm long, falcately bent, finely adpressedly hairy, bilocular. Cross-pollinated entomophilous plant. Flowers in June - September, fruits in July - September. 2n=16.


Siberia, Far East.


Flood-plain and upland meadows, fallows, steppes. On sandy soils.

Economic value.

Forage plant. Leaves and stems contain up to 0.1 % alkaloids.


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