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Astragalus intercedens Sam. ex Rech.f.

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Astragalus intercedens Sam. ex Rech.f., it is an annual herb. 10-20 cm long, ascending, covered with appressed and spreading hairs. Leaves 1-3 cm long, stipules 2-5 mm long, lriangular-Ianceolate, ciliate, leaflets 4-6 (-8) pairs, inserted on somewhat dilated rachis, 5-8 (-10) mm long, oblong-obovale, sub peliolulate, hairy on both sides. Peduncles usually longer than subtending leaves. Racemes 1-3 (-4)-flowered, bracts 1.5-2 mm, longer than pedicels, triangular-subulate to lanceolate. ciliately hairy. Flowers 10-15 mm long, purplish, turning yellowish when dried. Calyx 8 mm long, tubular, black and white-hirsute, teeth  1.5 mm long. Pods  25-40×2.5-3.5 mm, erect, compressed, falcate, strigulose, deeply grooved-canaliculate at back, separating at maturity into 2 valves, each closed by a septal lamella.  Life Form: Th,   Flowering in: Feb-Mar,   Vern:—————-,   Phytochoria: SA, The native range of this species is Israel to Arabian Peninsula.   Notes: Wild in Libyam a desert species.

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Distribution in Libya
Benghazi Plain Al-Qibla area Al-Jufra area
Between Slouk and Al-Abiar 2016 Wadi Nesma region 2009 Wadis South of Mizda 2013 (52 km) from Bougrain to Hun 1978


Bibliographic references:  
First: Encyclopedia Flora of Libyan:  
Jafri, S.M.H. & El-Gadi, A. (1980) Flora of Libya, Fabaceae Vol.  (86) Department of Botany, Al-Faateh Univ., Tripoli, Libya.
Second: Researches and PhD theses, master theses, Sorted by Newest: pdf files
Raheel, RO. M., El-Borasi, Y. M., El-Barrani, M. W., El-Hassi, S. (2016) Study of Flora and vegetation cover of the semi-desert area between Salouq and Al-Abyar-the first high of Jabal Al-Akhdar-Libya, Fourth Scientific Conference for Environment and Sustainable Development In dry and semi-arid areas. Ajdabia. Libya. (In Arabic) , between Salouq and Al-Abyar 2016
Mohamed, F.J. (2013) A Taxonomic Study of Wadis Flora South of Mizda at the intersections with Mizda-Sebha Highway. Master Thesis. Department of Botany-Faculty of Science-Sebha University. Libya. (In Arabic)  
Bahri, N.M. (2009) Study of the vegetation covers of Wadi Nesma region, northwest of Libya. Master Thesis, Department of Botany, College of Science, Sebha University, Libya. (In Arabic)