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What's Up - Shooting Star

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Few-flowered Shooting Star - by Larry Halverson     

There are 13 species of shooting stars in North America, six in British Columbia and two of those are found in Kootenay National Park.

One look at the dainty blooms of this charming flower explains their name with the upswept petals resembling the tails on shooting stars. This photo also shows what happens when the seeds ripen. The pendant flower moves to an upright position, allowing the seeds to be dispensed gradually by the wind.