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Russian Milkvetch - Astragalus falcatus
Other Names:  Russian Sickle, Sickle Milkvetch, Sicklepod Milkvetch

Non-native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Perennial from a branched caudex. Herbage of sparse, dolabriform hairs. Stems ascending to erect, 40–70 cm, branched, tangled together above. Leaves with 19 to 37 linear-elliptic leaflets, 10–25 mm long; stipules lanceolate, 7–12 mm long, distinct. Inflorescence dense with 20 to 50 declined flowers. Flowers ochroleucus; sepals 1 mm or less long; calyx sparsely strigose; banner nearly straight, 9–11 mm long; keel 8–10 mm long. Legume pendent, leathery, sharp-pointed, strigillose, deeply grooved beneath, ca. 2 cm long, narrowly lanceolate, strongly curved (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Native from southeastern Europe east to the Caucasus and Daghestan, introduced and apparently escaping locally in the palouse country of southeastern Washington, U.S.A.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 11

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Russian Milkvetch — Astragalus falcatus.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from