Page author: David Giblin
Thermopsis montana
mountain buck-bean, mountain golden-banner, mountain golden-pea, mountain thermopsis
WTU specimens
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Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to the Rockies of Montana and Colorado.

Habitat: Sandy, well-drained soil to wet meadowland, low to moderate elevations.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Herbaceous perennial from thick, woody rhizomes, the stem 5-10 dm. tall, more or less hollow, densely pubescent, or glabrous below.

Leaves:

Leaves trifoliate, leaflets linear-elliptic to oblanceolate, up to 10 cm. long; stipules linear-lanceolate, leaf-like.

Flowers:

Inflorescence of sub-terminal, bracteate, axillary racemes, erect, 10- to 60-flowered, 1-3 dm. long; flowers pea-like, yellow, erect, 20-25 mm. long; calyx bell-shaped, bilabiate, the lips toothed; stamens 10, distinct.

Fruits:

Pods erect to spreading, straight, villous, leathery.

Accepted Name:
Thermopsis montana Nutt.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
var. montana – mountain buck-bean, mountain golden-banner, mountain golden-pea, mountain thermopsis
var. ovata – mountain buck-bean, mountain golden-banner, mountain golden-pea, mountain thermopsis
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Thermopsis montana in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Thermopsis montana checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Thermopsis montana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Thermopsis montana photos.

USDA Plants: Thermopsis montana information.

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