Astragalus alpinus (NL: "Alpenhokjespeul" / EN: Alpine Milk-vetch/ DE: Alpen-Tragant, Alpen-Stragel / FR:Astragale des Alpes). Astragalus iis a large genus of about 3,000 species of herbs and small shrubs, belonging to the legume family Fabaceae. The genus is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Astragalus alpinus occurs in the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Carpathians, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America. It grows always on calcareous soils at altitudes up to 3100 meters. The plant height reaches up to 30 cm. It is covered with scattered hairs, which are simple, tight and gray. The stem is prostrate to ascending. The crown is white with blue-violet-purple keel. The wings are whitish, entire and shorter than the keel.
Image: Tre Cime di Lavaredo (IT) - 05/07/2011
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