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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 White
Ponita occidentalis

Habitat:  The Western White can be found throughout Alberta

Description:  Very similar in appearance to the Checkered White, the Western White is more heavily marked on its front wing tips and has darker, black markings on its upper wings.

Size:  40-50 mm

Diet:  They primarily feed on mustard family plants

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