Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Astragalus neglectus (Torr. & A.Gray) E.Sheld.
Astragalus: from Greek astragalos meaning "ankle bone" and an early name applied to some plants in this family because of the shape of the seeds; also could mean "star" or "milk"
neglectus: neglected or overlooked
|Plant: ||more or less erect, perennial, 1'-3' long, branched forb; clustered, leafy stem usually hollow; taproot|
|Flower: ||white to cream, 5-parted, 1/2" long; inflorescence several clusters (racemes) of 10-20 stalked flowers barely above the upper leaves|
|Fruit:||erect, stalkless, straight, inflated, smooth, up to 3/4" long pod|
|Leaf:||pinnately-divided into 11-23, oblong to obovate leaflets 1/3"-1" long with hairs beneath|
|Habitat: ||Lake Michigan shore, on linestone|