Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Pod Box Plant

Pod box or cubicle wild leguminous (Astragalus glycyphyllos) is a toxic, perennial plant. The pod consists of two boxes, hence the name Dutch. Glycyphyllos the epithet is derived from the Greek glykys that sweet and phyllon blade means that because of the sweet-tasting leaf. The plant, native to Central Europe and Central Asia.

The plant is 30-80 cm high and lying, at the end ascending shoots. The 10-20 cm long, compound, odd pinnate leaves consist of seven to thirteen elliptical or oval, hairy at the base, 2-4 cm long leaflets.

The cubicle pod blooms from May to August and sometimes until late autumn with greenish yellow, to 15 mm long, fragrant flowers. The inflorescence is a cluster consisting of eight to thirty flowers. Pollination occurs primarily by bumblebees (Bombus).

The fruit is a smooth, 2.5 to 4 cm long pods inflated by carbon dioxide that the bottom has a deep groove. The koolstofdiozide arises when to move on carbohydrates. The pod has a beak.

The plant is found among bushes, hedges and banks. In the Netherlands, the plant is very rare and occurs almost exclusively in southern Limburg.


See also: International Flower Delivery, Florist

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