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Alpine Sweetvetch
Hedysarum alpinum
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Also known as - Alpine Hedysarum, American Hedysarum, Bear-root, Hedysarum, Licoriceroot, Sweet-broom, Sweet Vetch.

Native to Alberta. Perennial.

General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

Native to northern N. America and Asia. Common. Stems, erect or ascending, slim, 2-7dm high, somewhat hairy. Leaves, alternate, pinnate, 12cm long, with 15-21 broadly lance-like, sharp-pointed leaflets, each 12-35mm long, 3-5mm wide; prominently veined; brown stipules. Flowers, fragrant; many; drooping; in long clusters, interrupted near base, 7-12cm long; pink to violet, 12mm long; lower seed pods are mature when upper blossoms are just opening; June-August. Fruit, a flat, smooth to hairy pod (loment), 2-3cm long; divided between the 2-5 seeds into narrow-rimmed segments, 3.5-5mm broad, which readily break apart. Habitat: moist open woods, slopes, gravelly banks to alpine elevations. nWeas.N50.59.671/W114.08.535; sWeas.N50.58.944/W114.09.562.

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Recent Alpine Sweetvetch Reports in Alberta


Abundance Location Reporter Date
Present Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Blake 2011/07/10
Present Yellowhead County Blake 2010/07/28
Present Clearwater County Blake 2010/07/17
Present Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park Blake 2010/06/27
Present County of Camrose No. 22 Blake 2010/06/20

Alpine Sweetvetch Hotspots in Alberta

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