Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Loco, Ellis
Ch’ilaghání’dool ghasí

White flowers with characteristic curved, slightly tubular shape of flowers in the pea family

Ellis loco has narrowly egg- or football-shaped pods, 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches long, and 1/4 to 3/8 inch in diameter.

It grows on bluffs, clay knolls, plains, bottomlands, and some forest and woodland areas. Ellis loco can be found on selenium-rich soils and alkaline soils of shale or volcanic parent material at 2,750 to 7,100 feet.

Like some locoweeds, Ellis loco is poisonous/toxic to livestock. Not all locoweeds are poisonous or toxic.

Locoweed species on the Navajo Nation may include:

  • Astragalus amphioxys
  • Astragalus beathii (Group 4, Navajo Endangered Species List)
  • Astragalus ceramicus E. Sheldon var ceramicus
  • Astragalus cronquistii (Group 3, Navajo Endangered Species List)
  • Astragalus cutleri (Group 2, Navajo Endangered Species List)
  • Astragalus heilii (Group 4, Navajo Endangered Species List)
  • Astragalus humillimus (Group 2, Navajo Endangered Species List)
  • Astragalus humistratus
  • Oxytropis lambertii
  • Astragalus lentiginosus Douglas ex Hooker var australis Barnely
  • Astragalus lonchocarpus
  • Astragalus missouriensis
  • Astragalus mollisium
  • Astragalus naturitensis (Group 3, Navajo Endangered Species List)
  • Astragalus nuttallianus
  • Astragalus praelongus Sheldon var ellisiae

White flowers with characteristic curved, slightly tubular shape of flowers in the pea family
Reddish-brown, beanlike seedpods along stem with foliage
Stem and foliage with small leaflets
Shrubby growth habit in brushland habitat

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