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Other names: Astragalus membranaceus, Huang
Astragalus is a
twining leguminous perennial plant that grows 11-1/2 to 39 inches high. The stem
has many branches, slanting upward and slightly hairy. The pinnate leaves are
alternate and the 9 to 21 leaflets are elliptical-shaped, 1/4 to 3/4 inches long
and about 1/3 inch wide. The racemes are axillary and the peduncle slender, with
anywhere from 3 to 9 flowers growing at the top. The pod is spindle-shaped,
inflated, a little over an inch in length and beaked at its tip. Astragalus has
20 to 30 seeds. Astragalus grows in grasses or in thickets on hillsides in
northwest China, Manchuria and Mongolia.