Astragalus membranaceus seeds

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Astragalus membranaceus seeds



Astragalus membranaceaus belongs to the family Fabaceae and genus Astragalus. It has synonyms such as Astragalus propinquus and Astragalus monholicus. Other common and regional names include Chinese astragalus, Mongolian milkvetchin, Huang qi, beiqi in Chinese. Astragalus propinquus is native to north and eastern parts of China and is also found in Korea and Mongolia.
Astragalus propinquus is a perennial plant. It flowers from June to August and seeds mature from July to September. The plant has both male and female organs and its pollination is done by the bees and Lepidoptera. It is a nitrogen-fixing plant. The plant cannot tolerate root disturbance and therefore they need to be planted in their permanent place when they are still young. It can have a height of 25cm to 40cm tall. The leaves are green, stipules free and petiole obsolete. The leaves measure 3cm to 6 cm long. Have roots which are cylindrical in shape and have small lateral roots that are dispersed on the surface.

Astragalus membranaceaus is used as a medicinal plant in China. It is used as a natural supplement for various health conditions. There are three components in Astragalus that have a positive impact on a person’s health. These three elements are saponins, polysaccharides and flavoids that are also found in other plants. These elements help in lowering cholesterol levels, preventing cancer and boosting the immune system. The plant has health benefits in the human body. It can have side effects such as gastrointestinal effects and diarrhoea. It can be risky for people with certain health problems; therefore, one need to consult the doctor before using, especially when a person has a medical condition such as blood disorders, diabetes, or hypertension.

Astragalus membranaceaus grows well in areas with dry sandy soils, mountain thickets, coniferous forests, meadows, steppes and xerophytes shrubs. It can be grown in other parts where there is an optimum condition, but it is good to note that the plant can be invasive in some areas. It is therefore good to check out if the plant is invasive before it can spread when growing for the first time. It is good for biodiversity and soil development because it can fix nitrogen in the soil.


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