(White Locoweed)

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Oxytropis sericea, Along FR 311, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 9492

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Oxytropis sericea, Gold Dust Trail, Park Co. 6992

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Oxytropis sericea, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5253

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Oxytropis sericea, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5260

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Oxytropis sericea, Sheep Park, Park County 9948

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Oxytropis sericea, Along FR 311, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 9507

Scientific Name Oxytropis sericea USDA PLANTS Symbol OXSE
Common Name White Locoweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 26182
Family Fabaceae (Pea) Kansas Wildflowers Reference Click Here
Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to alpine (3500 to 12000 ft.); open fields, open woodlands, meadows, slopes, roadsides.
Plant: Erect stemless perennial, 4 to 16 inches tall with multiple flower stalks.
Leaves: Basal leaves 2 to 12 inches long pinnately-compound with 11-19 ovate to oblong-lanceolate leaflets, each 1/2 to 1-inch long.
Inflorescence: A raceme of 6 to 30 pea-like flowers, white, fading yellowish; bell-shaped calyx tube with 5 unequal-length, black-tipped teeth and with light or dark hairs; each blossom about 1 inch long.
Bloom Period: April to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and Kansas Wildflowers.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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