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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Astragalus L.
      1. Astragalus atropilosulus (Hochst.) Bunge

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia.

    [FTEA]

    Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    A perennial, or perhaps sometimes biennial, herb.
    Stem
    Stems cylindrical with many faint ribs, usually glabrous or nearly so.
    Leaves
    Leaves up to 25 cm. long, with 11–51 leaflets; stipules large, leaf-like, broadly triangular-ovate, acute with entire margins, free from the petiole; rhachis usually nearly glabrous, sometimes pubescent, always with a few hairs on and at the base of the petiolules; leaflets opposite or subopposite, narrowly elliptic or lanceolate, obtuse, up to 3 cm. long and 14 mm. wide, usually glabrous above, always with a few hairs on the midrib and margins beneath, sometimes pubescent.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes many-flowered, pedunculate, the rhachis nearly glabrous or pubescent, sometimes with blackish hairs; bracts whitish, linear, 1–2 mm. long; bracteoles absent; pedicels white, brown or blackish pubescent, 2–3 mm. long, reflexed after flowering.
    Calyx
    Calyx rather persistent, glabrous or with appressed white, brown or blackish hairs, oblique, the tube 1·5 mm., the upper teeth triangular, 0·5 mm., the lower teeth lanceolate, 1–2 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla purplish, white or yellow, 8–13 mm. long, the standard and wings somewhat exceeding the keel or about the same length.
    Filaments
    Filaments whitish, rather persistent.
    Ovary
    Ovary stipitate, almost completely divided lengthwise, with 3–8 ovules on each side, shortly black pilose or more often glabrous.
    Fruits
    Pod lanceolate, somewhat curved, up to 4 cm. long (including the stipe) and up to 7 mm. wide, glabrous or, less often, shortly brown strigulose, conspicuously veined, the lower but not the upper suture impressed, usually rather papery, usually splitting lengthwise into 2 halves at maturity.
    Distribution
    K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 T1 T2 T4 T7 U1 U2 U3 U4 Yemen and eastern Africa from the Somali Republic (N.) south to the Transvaal
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane grassland, Lake Victoria regional transition zone; grasslands, Somalia-Masai grasslands, Zambezian grassland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Astragalus atropilosulus (Hochst.) Bunge appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Oct 1, 1930 Schimper [1235], Ethiopia K000393567 Unknown type material
    Mooney, H.F. [8368], Ethiopia K000393568 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Mém. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint Pétersbourg, Sér. 7, 15(1): 4 (1869)

    Accepted by

    • Podlech, D & Zarre, S. (2013). A taxonomic revision of the genus Astragalus L. (Leguminosae) in the Old World 1: 1-822. Naturhistorisches Museum Wien.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 17: 415 (1964).
    • Bunge, Gen. Astrag. Sp. Geront. 2: 4 (1869).
    • Bunge, Gen. Astrag. Sp. Geront. 1: 6 (1868)

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
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    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0