Sturdy erect branched perennial up to 1 m high, at base of stem with up to 5 mm long hairs, above with shorter hairs. Leaves with 4-6 pairs of ovate-oblong leaflets , pilose below, almost glabrous above; stipules free, c. 10 mm. Peduncles longer than leaves. Inflorescence many-flowered, lax. Calyx 8-10 mm including 5-6 mm teeth. Corolla golden-yellow; standard 19-24 mm, emarginate; wings 8-11 mm; keel 19-22 mm. Fruit 20-24 x 16-18 mm, ± densely pubescent, margins entire or shortly denticulate, disc with or without short hard recurved spines. Fl. 5-7. Steppe, Quercus scrub, near Pinus, fallow fields, 20-1300 m.
Syrian Desert, N. Iraq. Ir.-Tur. element.