|Scientific name:||Astragalus boeticus L.|
|Common name:||Yellow Milk Vetch, Swedish coffee, Triangular-podded milkvetch|
|Hebrew name:||קדד ספרדי|
|Arabic name:||القتاد البيوتي|
|Family:||Fabaceae or Papilionaceae, Legume/Pea Family, הפרפרניים|
|Stems:||Erect or sprawling, to 60 cm, caulescent, procumbent|
|Leaves:||Alternate, compound, 10-15 pairs of leaflets, pinnate, hairy beneath|
|Inflorescence:||Dense racemes with 5-15 flowers|
|Fruits / pods:||Pod 2-4cm, oblong, triangular in section, grooved beneath, hooked at apex, shortly hairy; seeds, roasted, ground, are used as a substitute for coffee|
|Flowering Period:||February, March, April|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Astragalus, ἀστραγαλος, literally signifies a huckle bone (talus), a small bone of the ankle; astragalus, which the Greeks, as well as the Romans, used for dice and other purposes and an early name applied to some plants in this family, with vertebra-like knotted roots.
boeticus, Boeoticus, Βοιωτικοϛ from Boeotia, from Boeotia, near Athens, the birthplace of Hercules and Bacchus.
The Hebrew word: קדד, kedad, related to Akkadian (the earliest attested Semitic language; qadādu (= to lean, bend, incline), from Arabic qudad.