Plant ID forum: Anyone know this plant I found in southern Utah?

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Caleb2419
May 21, 2016 3:33 PM CST
I found this plant out in a dry desert type area near Cedar City, Utah. It has some kind of a curved cashew shaped seed or fruit green with red spots that is hard on the outside, but when opened resembles the texture of a grape on the inside. The plant itself is a small shrub with lots of small slender leaves that look almost fernlike.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
May 21, 2016 4:22 PM CST
I have no idea what plant that is but I'm really curious ... those seed pods are gorgeous! Hopefully someone from the SW will be along before long with an ID.
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Danita
May 21, 2016 4:46 PM CST
It looks like an Astragalus species of some sort.
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JRsbugs
May 21, 2016 4:49 PM CST
Welcome!

The pods are much like Astragalus desperatus but the leaves might not match.

http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/Blue%20Purple%20Enlarge...

http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/Pink%20Enlarged%20Photo...

Finding the correct species might be difficult, matching the pods with the leaves.

http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=astragalus&button...
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JRsbugs
May 21, 2016 5:04 PM CST
You really don't want to know how many species of Astragalus there are in Utah. Hilarious!

http://luirig.altervista.org/flora/taxa/north-america.php?st...

Name: Danita
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Danita
May 21, 2016 5:19 PM CST
That's why I left it at "Astragalus species of some sort." Hilarious!
There are soooo many!!! Blinking
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
May 21, 2016 5:28 PM CST
Thousands.... The locals call it Locoweed. Smiling
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Moonhowl
May 21, 2016 5:52 PM CST
@dirtdorphins gardens in that general area. Maybe she will be familiar with it.

There are a few different species pictures in the plant database.

The Astragaluses Database
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dirtdorphins
May 21, 2016 8:23 PM CST
JRsbugs said:You really don't want to know how many species of Astragalus there are in Utah. Hilarious!

http://luirig.altervista.org/flora/taxa/north-america.php?st...



Danita said:That's why I left it at "Astragalus species of some sort." Hilarious!
There are soooo many!!! Blinking


Hilarious!
Exactly!

Sorry, I cannot be any more help than that either

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