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Endangered Patch of Yellow

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Buffalo Bean an endangered plant in BC - May27, 2013 by Larry Halverson


Pea-like flowers that form pea like poisonous pods by Larry Halverson


Buffalo Bean. This is one plant you won't find in the Rocky Mountain Flower guides as it is primarily a prairie plant. But this patch of yellow was seen along the edge of the highway south of Numa Falls in Kootenay National Park. It may have been introduce from a vehicle traveling from Alberta. 

Native peoples named this plant buffalo bean because the buffalo bulls headed for their summer grazing grounds when it bloomed.

Friends of Kootenay would be interested to learn about any other locations of Buffalo Bean in Kootenay National Park.