Astragalus boeticus, Yellow Milk Vetch, Swedish coffee,
Triangular-podded milkvetch,Hebrew: קדד ספרדי, Arabic: القتاد البيوتي
|| ||Astragalus boeticus L.|
|| || Yellow Milk Vetch, Swedish coffee, Triangular-podded milkvetch|
|| || קדד ספרדי|
|| ||القتاد البيوتي|
|| ||Fabaceae or Papilionaceae, Legume/Pea Family, הפרפרניים|
|| ||Erect or sprawling, to 60 cm, caulescent, procumbent|
|| ||Alternate, compound, 10-15 pairs of leaflets, pinnate, hairy beneath|
|| ||Dense racemes with 5-15 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|
|| ||February, March, April|
|| || Batha, Phrygana|
|| ||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes|
|| || Mediterranean|
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.