Astragalus leucocephalus Bunge;
Afghanistan (N); China (N) ; Xizang Zizhiqu ; India (N) ; Himachal Pradesh ; Jammu-Kashmir; Punjab ; Uttar Pradesh ; Nepal (N); Pakistan (N) as per ILDIS;


Flora of Chakrata Part-2: Oxytropis sp:

Oxytropis sp from Deovan trek Route
My guess O pilosa
pls validate

Just now received a mail from … of Himachal Pradesh who identified this plant as ‘Astragalus leucocephalus’.
To me, this also looks same.


Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week : Astragalus leucocephalus from Chakrata:
Astragalus leucocephalus from Chakrata

Flora of Chakrata 2012: Astragalus for Id:
This small herb was shot from Deoban Road, Chakrata in May 2012. Can this be Astragalus sempervirens?

I think Astragalus sempervirens is much different plant with spiny persistent rachises and axillary flowers clusters. Besides I could not locate its report from NW Himalayas.
To me above plant looks like Astragalus leucocephalus: herb with pale yellow flowers in a head on a long peduncle.

Thanks for taking up the matter as always. Before I made a guess, I consulted Flora Simlensis, 5 species are reported therein, Flora of Chakrata by Kanjilal has no mention of any species of Astragalus. I was about to say A. leucocephalus for the uploaded plant but the flower colour looks closer to pinkish white rather than yellowish, the only thing which prevented me from identifying this as A. leucocephalus….I hope you will resolve the you always do… I am attaching herewith the key provided by Sir Henry Collett.

I have Flora Simlensis with me, and always consult it.
I still think it is A. leucocephalus, especially seeing the first photograph..




Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Astragalus leucocephalus :: Chakrata :: NS OCT 133/133 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (6)
Please find the pics of a beautiful hirsute herb from Chakrata, the id of which was concluded as Astragalus leucocephalus..

Re: SK88SEP3-1016:ID : 6 posts by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures for identification shot at Jamsom on 21 April 2013 at 9200 ft.

Appears to be a fabaceae member.

I guessed it to be some Oxytropis but  did not find any match.

Oxytropis species so far in efi

Yes, does seem to be an Oxytropis. By Jamsom, is that Jomsom in Nepal?
I am not as familiar with Nepalese flora as I am with that of the NW Himalaya (especially Ladakh) but do know a fair bit.
My thoughts about Ladakh Oxytropis apply in Nepal as well.
The ‘Enumeration of the Flowering Plants of Nepal’ (Vol 2, 1979) lists 13 species.
The common species in the Jomsom area (located in the Mustang district of Upper Kali Gandaki – which is an arid, Tibetan borderland area) is Oxytropis williamsii.
But the images -albeit rather out-of-focus, do not seem to match this species.
The only other Oxytropis recorded by the Enumeration in Nepal from as low an elevation as 9200′ is O.mollis – the plant photographed by Saroj does not match the images on the FOI site which have been identified as O.mollis but I cannot confirm this.
Can anyone else comment authoritatively?

Pl. check with images at Astragalus leucocephalus Bunge

It looks like matching with Astragalus leucocephalus but could not confirm it !

Astragalus leucocephalus Graham ex Benth. is correct ID as validated by expert !


Astragalus leucocephalus Graham ex Benth.: 11 very high res. images.

Location: Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude:  2220m.
Date: 17 August 2021 

Habit : Wild



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