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Tall Buttercup

Ranunculus acris
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Habitat: Damp meadows, clearings and roadsides.

Description: Tall, and hairy.  Leaves have long stalks, and grow at the base of stems.  3-5 lobes, heart shaped, with ragged edges.  Glossy yellow flowers in loose clusters at stem tip.

Size: 30-80 cm tall.

Fun Facts: The sap of the tall buttercup is extremely painful if it comes in contact with the mouth or other mucus membranes.  It can also cause sores, and boils on the skin.

Source:  Johnson D., L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon, and J. Pojar. Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland.  1995.  Lone Pine Publishing.

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Western Tailed Blue
Everes amyntula

Habitat:  The butterfly can be found throughout Alberta and loves to live in poplar forests.

Description:  Males of the Western Tailed Blue are purplish blue on the inside of their wings while females are brown.  The undersides on both sexes’ wings are white.  On each hind wing protrudes a small tail and behind each tail is some yellowish spotting.

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