Thursday, February 11, 2010

Plant of the Week

Ground plum
Astragalus crassicarpus Nutt.
other common names: buffalo apple, buffalo pea, buffalo plum, milk vetch, buffalo bean
Astragalus: ancient Greek name for a leguminous plant. It actually means “star” and “milk.” (This is one of the largest genera of flowering plants in North America.)
Crassicarpus: from Latin and Greek, meaning “thick pod,” which aptly describes the thick, rounded fruit pods of this species
Legume family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

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