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locoweed

(lō′kō-wēd′)
n.
Any of several leguminous plants of the genera Oxytropis and Astragalus of western North America that are poisonous to livestock. Also called crazyweed, loco1.

locoweed

(lō′kō-wēd)
A poisonous plant from the bean family that causes behavioral, visual, and gait disturbances, usually in cattle.

locoweed

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Whatever fame locoweed may earn as the source of a potential cancer-fighting drug, it already has a reputation in cattle country.
That's why Molyneux is tracking swings in the swainsonine content of American locoweeds such as the spotted species (Astragalus lentiginosus) or white locoweed (Oxytropis sericea).
That's so we'll know--more precisely--how much locoweed animals can eat without danger," he says.
Poisoned animals, even if moved to safer pastures, will be more susceptible to swainsonine's effects if they ever again graze locoweed.
PHOTO : Chemist Russell Molyneux examines a locoweed plant while working with the structure of locoweed toxin, swainsonine, on the computer.
The toxin, swainsonine, can weaken and eventually kill not only cattle, but also horses, sheep, goats, and other animals that graze on the dozen or so rangeland plants commonly known as locoweeds, says ARS chemist Russell J.
In terms of cattle losses, however, some of the worst offenders are larkspur, ponderosa pine, and locoweed.
Plants in this genus are economically significant as a source of gum tragacanth, as indicators of selenium and uranium and as toxic locoweeds in rangelands (Allen and Allen, 1981).
Plants in this genus are amazingly diverse, some are nourishing and medicinal, some useful as raw materials, and others, such as the locoweeds, are toxic.
Frankie says these include corn lilies, death camas, locoweeds and California buckeye.