A lone Anemone bud stands amid the Locoweed blooms.

Locoweed (also crazyweed and loco) is a common name in North America for any plant that produces swainsonine, a phytotoxin harmful to livestock.

Anemone, is a genus of about 120 species of flowering plants in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae in the north and south temperate zones.

Anemone are perennials that have basal leaves with long leaf-stems that can be upright or prostrate. Leaves are simple or compound with lobed, parted, or undivided leaf blades. The leaf margins are toothed or entire.

Flowers with 4-27 sepals are produced singly, in cymes of 2-9 flowers, or in umbels, above a cluster of leaf- or sepal-like bracts. Sepals may be any color. They are bisexual 10 to 200 stamens and many simple pistils. The pistils have one ovule. The flowers have nectaries, but petals are missing in the majority of species.

The fruits are ovoid to obovoid shaped achenes that are collected together in a tight cluster, ending variously lengthened stalks; though many species have sessile clusters terminating the stems. The achenes are beaked and some species have feathery hairs attached to them.

Location: Nanton, Alberta, Canada

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kathi arnell, locoweed, loco weed, anemone, pink, yellow, flower, flowers, wildflower, alberta, canada, crazyweed, loco, ranunculaceae

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Wonderful description. Terrific shot

  • Thank you!!

    – Kathi Arnell

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