We focused on six native species that were abundant and had floral morphologies (flower shapes) that varied from legumes with hidden nectaries and anthers (purple locoweed
[Oxytropis lambertii] and American vetch [Vicia americana]), to species with dish-shaped flowers and obvious pollen and nectar (prairie flax [Linum lewisii], yellow sundrops [Calylophus serrulatus], and scarlet globemallow [Sphaeralcea coccinea]), to the bell-shaped flowers of blue bellflower (Campanula rotundifolia).
James at the ARS Poisonous Plants Laboratory in Logan, Utah, pinpointed swainsonine as the culprit in locoweed
poisonings about 10 years ago.
On inland dunes, open swaths of sand provide habitat for sunloving annual plants and low-growing desert wildflowers such as white evening primrose, pink sand verbena, and violet locoweed
It was used to study glucoprotein N-link oligosaccharide as an instrument drug, since it was separated initially from the fruit of Australian Swainsona canescens and North America locoweed
(including Astragalus and Oxytropis spp.
This means that there is apparently no harm to neighboring plants for the locoweed
Evelyn Healy arrives at work in jeans and hiking boots and begins sorting through her work: Southern California locoweed
, hummingbird sage, yarrow and wooly blue curls, all native to the Santa Monica Mountains.
Larkspur, like pine needles, locoweed
, lupine, and a host of other plants found in western pastures, contains toxins that can poison unwitting, hungry livestock.