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Astragalus alopecurus

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Common names

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Scientific name

Astragalus alopecurus Pallas.


Conservation status and threats

PROTECTED species in Bulgaria.

The species is listed in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria to the category "Critically Endangered"[1].


Description and identification

Herbaceous perennial. Stems erect, up to 100 cm, densely hairy. Leaves 20–30 cm long, with 20–30 pairs of leaflets, imparipinnate. Inflorescence compact, ovoid, many-flowered, hairy. Corolla pale yellow. Fruit an ovoid-globose legume, 8 mm long, with dense white hairs. Seeds reniform, pale brown. Flowering May - August, fr. VIII–IX. Insect pollination. Reproduction by seeds[2].


Habitats

Grows in dry grassy and stony places by forests. Population is small and fragmented, occupying an area of less than 1 km2, with not more than 1000–1500 mature individuals[3].


Distribution in Bulgaria

Beglika locality in Western Rhodopi Mts. The occurrence of few individuals on Syutkya peak recorded in 1940 has not been confirmed since; 1500 m alt[4].


General distribution

Central Europe (SW Alps), Bulgaria[5].



Sources

[1] Desislava Sopotlieva, 2015 in: Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria

[2] Desislava Sopotlieva, 2015 in: Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria

[3] Desislava Sopotlieva, 2015 in: Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria

[4] Desislava Sopotlieva, 2015 in: Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria

[5] Desislava Sopotlieva, 2015 in: Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria


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