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Tennessee Milkvetch (Astragalus tennesseensis)
Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant which can reach 13cm in height (5inches). It has hairy sprawling stems that run along the ground for up to 50cm (20").
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Each hairy leaf is pinnately divided. The leaflets are elliptic and usually less than 2.5cm (1") long.
Flowers: The flowers are irregular in shape . They are whitish sometimes yellowgreen. Blooms first appear in mid spring and continue into late spring. The somewhat pealike flowers are in a dense raceme from 5 to 8cm long (2- 3").
Fruit: A yellow brown pod.
Habitat: Glades and rocky slopes.
Range: Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Alabama.

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While we have only a few species of Astragalus in our area there are hundreds of species in the westeren U. S.

Lore: Some members of the Astragalusgenus are known as "Locoweeds" due to the fact that they accumulate selenium which causes livestock that eat the plant to go loco or run about aimlessly in an excited fashion.

Similar Species: Astragalus canadensis, or Rattle Vetch is fairly common throughout most of eastern North America at least as far south as Georgia. It is an erect plant reaching over a meter (39") in height. The leaves are larger with leaflets up to 5cm (2") long. Bearded Milkvetch (A. villosus) or has a silvery flower is found from Tennessee south. The extremely rare Pyne's Ground-plum, Astragalus bibullatus is found in one Tennessee county.

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The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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