Astragalus boeticus, Yellow Milk Vetch, Swedish coffee,
Triangular-podded milkvetch,Hebrew: קדד ספרדי, Arabic: القتاد البيوتي

Scientific name:  Astragalus boeticus L.
Common name:   Yellow Milk Vetch, Swedish coffee, Triangular-podded milkvetch
Hebrew name:   קדד ספרדי
Arabic name:  القتاد البيوتي
Family:  Fabaceae or Papilionaceae, Legume/Pea Family, הפרפרניים

Fleurs sauvages, Wildblumen, Fiori, флоры, Flores Silvestres

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  Erect or sprawling, to 60 cm, caulescent, procumbent
Leaves:  Alternate, compound, 10-15 pairs of leaflets, pinnate, hairy beneath
Inflorescence:  Dense racemes with 5-15 flowers
Flowers:  Yellow corolla
Fruits / pods:  Pod 2-4cm, oblong, triangular in section, grooved beneath, hooked at apex, shortly hairy; seeds, roasted, ground, are used as a substitute for coffee
Flowering Period:  February, March, April
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Astragalus, ἀστραγαλος, literally signifies a huckle bone (talus), a small bone of the ankle; astragalus, which the Greeks, as well as the Romans, used for dice and other purposes and an early name applied to some plants in this family, with vertebra-like knotted roots.
boeticus, Boeoticus, Βοιωτικοϛ from Boeotia, from Boeotia, near Athens, the birthplace of Hercules and Bacchus.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.