Oxytropis deflexa (Reflexed Locoweed) - photos and description

Flowering stem ending in pods, an example of a flowering stem with several leaves 

Flowering stem ending in a flower spike, an example of a flowering stem with several leaves 


Keel has a sharp point 

Keel has a sharp point 

Stem growing along the ground with seed pods



General: Decumbent or straggling plants with silky hairy foliage, the foliage appearing greyish-green, the lower stems reddish in colour. Unlike other Saskatchewan Oxytropis species, this plant has flowering stems with leaves (plants are caulescent).

Flowers: Flowers cream to pale blue to mauve in colour. Flowers grow in spikes and are fairly small, we measured the flower (calyx + corolla) to only 8 mm long. Keels have a sharp point. The calyx sometimes with black hairs. The calyx with linear lobes, we measured the lobes to 4 mm long.

Fruit: The inflorescence lengthens considerably as fruit develop. We measured the inflorescence with pods present at 14 cm long. Pods measured at 20 mm long by 5 mm wide. Pods with a groove along their top surface.

Leaves: Leaves are alternate, flat, pinnate to 43 leaflets, leaflets lanceolate. We measured a leaf at 15 cm long, and a leaflet at 20 mm long by 7 mm long.

Height: Height not given in Budd's Flora, they list the stem length to 40 cm long; we measured plants to 30 cm tall, and stems to 60 cm long.

Habitat: Open woods and meadows in the parklands and boreal forest.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken July 27th, grassy aspen woodland, east central Saskatchewan, about 250 km northeast of our home in Regina, SK.