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Hedysarum alpinum L.
alpine sweetvetch

General Information
Symbol: HEAL
Group: Dicot
Family: Fabaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: AK   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   




Symbol Scientific Name
HEALA2 Hedysarum alpinum L. ssp. americanum (Michx.) Fedtsch.
HEALA3 Hedysarum alpinum L. var. alpinum
HEALA Hedysarum alpinum L. var. americanum Michx.
HEALG Hedysarum alpinum L. var. grandiflorum Rollins
HEALP Hedysarum alpinum L. var. philoscia (A. Nelson) Rollins
HEAM9 Hedysarum americanum (Michx.) Britton
HECA33 Hedysarum caucasicum M. Bieb.
HEHE2 Hedysarum hedysaroides auct. non (L.) Schinz & Thell.
HEPH2 Hedysarum philoscia A. Nelson
HESI5 Hedysarum sibiricum Poir.
HETR2 Hedysarum truncatum Eastw.


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae ⁄ Leguminosae – Pea family
Genus Hedysarum L. – sweetvetch
Species Hedysarum alpinum L. – alpine sweetvetch

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
alpine sweet-broom
Special Concern
alpine sainfoin

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Alaska FACU
Arid West FACU
Great Plains FACU
Midwest FAC
Northcentral & Northeast FAC
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACU



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover