Oxytropis splendens

(Showy Locoweed)

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Oxytropis splendens, Hoosier Pass, Park Co. 1455/1471

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Oxytropis splendens, Hoosier Pass, Park Co. 1425/1437

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Oxytropis splendens, Sheep Park, Park Co. 9990

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Oxytropis splendens, Black Powder Pass, Summit Co. 4917

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Oxytropis splendens, Black Powder Pass, Summit Co. 0250

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Oxytropis splendens, Middle Swan Valley, Summit Co. 5577

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Oxytropis splendens, Black Powder Pass, Summit Co. 0254

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Leaf, Oxytropis splendens, Hoosier Pass, Park Co. 1493

Scientific Name Oxytropis splendens USDA PLANTS Symbol OXSP
Common Name Showy Locoweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26162
Family Fabaceae (Pea) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (7600 to 13000 ft.); meadows and open areas, dry or moist soils.
Plant: Erect perennial 4 to 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves pinnately-divided into whorled groups of 5 hairy, gray-green lanceolate leaflets, each about 1/2-inch long.
Inflorescence: Bluish-purple flowers atop long, leafless, hairy, erect stems, well above the leaves, each about 1/2- inch long.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and American Southwest
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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