Astragalus cf. rhizanthus – Root-Flower Milk-Vetch

Other notes

Note: An egg of Polyommatus spp – Meadow Blues and Colias fieldii – Dark Clouded Yellow were recorded on this plant by Paresh Churi from Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh in June 2017, but the complete life cycle is yet to be recorded to confirm this as the larval host.


Identification Keys: As per eFlora of Pakistan (2023),

  1. A. grahamianus: leaves paripinnately compund (even number of leaflets).
  2. A. rhizanthus: leaves imparipinnately compound (odd number of leaflets).



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WFO (2023): World Flora Online. Accessed on 09 Jan 2023. URL:

Flowers of India (2023). Accessed on 09 Jan 2023. URL:

eFlora of Pakistan (2023). Accessed on 09 Jan 2023. URL:

Page citation

Churi, P. and N. Kawthankar. 2023. Astragalus cf. rhizanthus Benth. – Root-Flower Milk-Vetch. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2023/09/25.