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|Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Astragalus||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Astragalus cicer L.
Habit: Perennial herb, diffuse, leafy. Stem: prostrate or +- ascending, 3--7 dm, hairs +- 0 or short, stiff, appressed; stipules sheathing at base. Leaf: 4--21 cm, petioles generally 0; leaflets elliptic to oblong, 5--35 mm, tips acute. Inflorescence: dense, flowers 6--30, ascending, in oblong or spheric heads, pedicels ascending. Flower: petals white, banner 12--16 mm, +- straight, keel obtuse, 9--10.5 mm, wings 1--2 mm shorter; calyx, ovary with white, black hairs. Fruit: ascending or spreading, firmly attached to receptacle; body widely ovate or +- spheric, inflated, 6--14 mm, 5--10 mm wide, thinly fleshy, firm, green, leathery or stiff-papery in age, brown to black; stalk-like base < 1 mm; chambers 2. Chromosomes: 2n=64.
Ecology: Moist grassy areas to open woodland, disturbed areas; Elevation: < 2000 m. Bioregional Distribution: c SNF (Tuolumne Co.), n SNH (Nevada Co.); Distribution Outside California: Nevada, Utah; native to Europe, southwestern Asia. Flowering Time: May--Aug Note: Introduced as forage, cover crop.
eFlora Treatment Author: Martin F. Wojciechowski & Richard Spellenberg
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Astragalus casei
Next taxon: Astragalus cimae
Citation for this treatment: Martin F. Wojciechowski & Richard Spellenberg 2016. Astragalus cicer, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=14756, accessed on February 10, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 10, 2016.