Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis  
Family: Fabaceae
Canadian milk-vetch
[Astragalus canadensis var. carolinianus L., Astragalus canadensis var. longilobus L., Astragalus carolinianus L., Astragalus halei Rydb.]
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Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Astragalus: from Greek astragalos meaning "ankle bone" and an early name applied to some plants in this family because of the shape of the seeds; also could mean "star" or "milk"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb; stems usually with several branches
Leaves: pinnately-divided into an odd number of leaflets (15-35)
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 1/2" long, stalked; inflorescence a dense, tall, long-stalked, spike-like cluster (raceme) held above the upper leaves; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: many, crowded, erect, inflated, 2-chambered pods fruit drawing
Habitat: full to partial sun; moderate moisture to dry; prairies, woods, shores; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Kitty Kohout  
Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis image
Christopher Noll