Corydalis aurea (Golden Corydalis) - photos and description

Corydalis aurea
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Corydalis aurea

Corydalis aurea

Corydalis aurea

Corydalis aurea

Corydalis aurea

Corydalis aurea

General: Annual or biennial plants with a prostrate, much-branched growth habit. Plants glabrous. Stems reddish in colour.

Flowers: Flowers yellow, narrow in profile, irregular, and grow in dense racemes. Flowers measured to 17 mm long and spur 5 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves pale green, divided 3 times into lanceolate lobes. Leaves pale green or glaucous. We measured a leaf blade at 65 mm long by 20 mm wide.

Height: Spread listed in Budd's Flora to 45 cm, we measured plants to a spread of 59 cm wide, and to a height of 13 cm.

Habitat: Open woods and disturbed soil on forest edges, and roadsides.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: We took the above photos on May 31st, roadside, Cypress Hills, about 450 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.