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Native Wildflower of Texas :: Slim-Pod Milk-Vetch (Astragalus leptocarpus) | by biologie.
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Native Wildflower of Texas :: Slim-Pod Milk-Vetch (Astragalus leptocarpus)

The Slim-pod Milk-vetch is part of the legume family (like peas) and makes a little tiny pod with a groove along the top. The flowers are teeny tiny at only 1/2 in. or 13mm long (this is a macro photo) and just lovely as a ground-cover with fern-like leaves.

 

In Texas, this flower is considered a perinnial although it's listed as an annual in the "Wildflowers of Texas" book by Geyata Ajilvsgi.

 

Attention: This plant is known to be toxic when ingested by cattle.

 

Other Info:

Kingdom Plantae – Plants

Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants

Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants

Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants

Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons

Subclass Rosidae

Order Fabales

Family Fabaceae – Pea family

Genus Astragalus L. – milkvetch

Species Astragalus leptocarpus Torr. & A. Gray – rare loco milkvetch

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Taken on April 2, 2010