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Golden Bean

Thermopsis rhombifolia
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Habitat: Grassy hillsides, roadsides, ditches, or in exposed places.

Description: Has alternate, compound leaves with 3 leaflets, but it also has stipules, that look like leaves that have no stem, and clasp the main stem.  Bluish green in color, smooth, or with little hair.   Flowers short, crowded into clusters.  Flowers are 1-2cm long, bright yellow color, with small black lines in the centre.

Size: 15-40cm tall.

Fun Facts: It is also called the Buffalo Bean.  It was named the Buffalo Bean by Blackfoot because this flower bloomed as the buffalo moved to their summer grazing grounds.

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing.

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Garita Skipper
Oarisma garita

Habitat: The Garita Skipper prefers grasslands and is very common around the Peace River area.  It can be found in its butterfly stage mainly in June and July.

Description: Garita Skippers are brown with the leading edge of the front wings being orange.  Unlike other Skippers whose wings usually lay flat, the Garita Skippers hold their wings folded above their body or with the front...

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