Locoweed (Oxytropis myriophylla)

Dmitry Poltavsky - Oxytropis myriophylla

Oxytropis is a genus of plants in the legume family. It is one of three genera of plants known as locoweeds, and are notorious for being toxic to grazing animals. The other locoweed genus is the closely related Astragalus. Oxytropis myriophylla is a species native to eastern Siberia, Mongolia and northern China. Oxytropis myriophylla is used in traditional Mongolian medicine for treatment of rubella and influenza; it is also applied for swelling and throat pain, together with different types of bleeding.