Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Friday - June 08, 2012

From: Abilene, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant Identification of plant similar to Oxytropis campestris
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

This plant was found in Breckenridge Texas. Yellow flowers like Oxytropis campestris, yet it is not supposed to be in Texas. Is this possible? Soil is gravelly, sandy and yellow clay. sorry no photo. Is there another legume similar to this one native to Texas? Looks like Fabaceae genus. Thanks!

ANSWER:

I couldn't find any members of the Family Fabaceae (Pea Family) in Stephens County that looked very much like Oxytropis campestris (Field locoweed), but I did find four Fabaceae in nearby counties that look something like O. campestris and I also found another plant that resembles it in the Family Fumariaceae (Fumitory Family) in nearby counties.

FABACEAE

Dalea hallii (Hall's prairie clover) in Hood County.

Sophora nuttalliana (Silky sophora) occurs in Clay County.

Astragalus distortus (Ozark milkvetch) occurs in Tarrant County.

Astragalus racemosus (Cream milkvetch) occurs in Wichita and Knox counties.

FUMARIACEAE

Corydalis curvisiliqua (Curvepod) in Jack and Shackleford counties.

If you would like to see the species in the Family Fabaceae that occur in Stephens County in the USDA Plants Database, click on "Advanced Search" in the side bar.   On the "Advanced Search" page choose "Texas:Stephens" from "County Distribution" under 1.  Distribution.  Then, scroll down to 2.  Taxonomy.  Beside "National Common Name" check "Display".   Scroll down to "Family" and choose "Fabaceae" and then check "Display".  The scientific names will be displayed automatically.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Display Results" in the yellow box.  This will give you a list of plants in the Family Fabaceae that have been reported from Stephens County, Texas.  Depending on how thoroughly the county has been surveyed, this may or may not include most of the members of the family that you could find in Stephens County.

 

From the Image Gallery


Hall's prairie clover
Dalea hallii

Silky sophora
Sophora nuttalliana

Ozark milkvetch
Astragalus distortus

Cream milkvetch
Astragalus racemosus

Curvepod
Corydalis curvisiliqua

More Plant Identification Questions

Plant Identification
August 29, 2011 - Hi- I am currently am AP Biology student and have two plants left to identify that I found at a lily pool in Chicago. Can you help me identify them? One I believe is a fern, the other a flower. Th...
view the full question and answer

Non-blooming orange bell plant
June 15, 2008 - My orange bell plant is not blooming. I live in Central Texas where it is hot. The plant has part sun, part shade. Is there any way to help it bloom?
view the full question and answer

Identification of riparian plant in Pennsylvania
June 05, 2013 - I'm wondering if this is a native plant: the plant is 3-5ft. tall, it has a tough reedy stalk, grows in sunny riparian areas, has whorled leaves with toothed margin, and has elongated clusters of tin...
view the full question and answer

Plant with stalk of purple berries
August 27, 2008 - I have a plant that just grows.large hollow purple stalk, purple berries in long clusters , grows very tall any thoughts.. it grows like a weed
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants on Americas national plant
August 07, 2005 - What is America's national plant? (please answer this a.s.a.p because i can't figure it out and it's for homework)
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.