Astragalus ekicii H. Duman & H. Akan sp. nov. (Leguminosae) from Turkey is described and illustrated. Diagnostic characters, a description and taxonomic comments on the species are given. It is compared with the closely related A. oocephalus Boiss. and A. panduratus Bunge. The geographical distribution of the new species and related species is shown. (C) 2003 The Linnean Society of London.