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Yellow or Orange Flowers ( Pea-like Flowers )
Pea Family (Leguminosae)

Sulphur Hedysarum
Hedysarum sulphurescens

Season: Spring/Summer
Habitat:
 Montane on both sides of Continental Divide
Height:
 Up to 60 cm

Description: This common member of the pea family lines many of the montane trails throughout the Rockies. It's yellowish flowers are distinctly pea-like, later being replaced by a jointed seed pod (distinctive to hedysarum). The compound leaves have between 9 and 17 leaflets. Unlike the vetch, they do not have tendril at the end of the leaf. Also, the leaves and stem stand erect, unlike the climbing nature of vetches.

This plant is a favourite of grizzlies, which dig up the roots early in the season, before some of the other plants have sprouted.

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All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

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