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Liquorice Milkvetch (Astragalus glycyphyllos)

Liquorice Milkvetch (Astragalus glycyphyllos), fam. Fabaceae.
   Found in the forest; especially abundant in the glades along the railway, but sometimes can also be seen in other sunny places. In late spring, the climbing shoots with bright-green leaves, like those of black locust, please our eyes. Then the unshowy racemes of pallid-yellow flowers appear, which give way to greenish legumes-pods with small seeds.
   The plant is readily eaten by animals, wild as well as domestic. People say that its leaves really have sweet taste (and not just named after the similarity with liquorice). It is widely used as medicinal - for neural, infectious, skin, inflammatory, stomach, and kidney diseases, tumors, and for labor induction. Milkvetch is appreciated in the East medicine equally to ginseng. The decoction has a lot of antioxidants and other valuable substances, and does not have significant counterindications if used in moderation.

Liquorice Milkvetch (Astragalus glycyphyllos) Liquorice Milkvetch (Astragalus glycyphyllos)