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Golden Corydalis
Corydalis aurea

Golden Corydalis (Corydalis aurea) Other scientific names: Capnoides aureum

French names: Corydale dorée

Family: Poppy Family (Papaveraceae), (Fumitory Family (Fumariaceae))

Distinctive features: Yellow tubular flowers.

Similar species:
  •   Yellow Corydalis (Corydalis flavula) - Upper petal lip flared outwards, toothed. Pale yellow.

Flowers: Summer;  Yellow;  Irregular flowers;  The spur at the rear of the flower is about 1/3 the length of the entire flower.

Leaves: Compound, Lobed;  Some sources show much more finely divided leaves than others.

Habitat: Forests

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 70   

Native/Non-native: Native

Notes: There a possibility that the specimens shown on this page are hybrids, as the features do not match exactly the descriptions of the flowers and leaves that are found in various references.

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: aurea: golden

Photographs: 41 photographs available, of which 5 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Golden Corydalis (Corydalis aurea)

Golden Corydalis flowers.

Golden Corydalis (Corydalis aurea)

Golden Corydalis (Corydalis aurea)

Golden Corydalis (Corydalis aurea)

The flowers of Golden Corydalis are not as toothed as those of Yellow Corydalis (Corydalis flavula). Also the protruding part at the rear of the flower is longer, equal to approximately 1/3 the entire length of the flower.

Golden Corydalis (Corydalis aurea)

Some sources show much more finely divided leaves. Perhaps there are variants.

Range map for Golden Corydalis (Corydalis aurea)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)