Corydalis aurea ssp occidentalis (Engelm. ex A. Gray) G.B. Ownbey

Golden Corydalis

Corydalis aurea ssp. occidentalis plant

Family - Fumariaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Corydalis aurea ssp. occidentalis stem

Leaves - No info yet.

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Flowers - No info yet.

Corydalis aurea ssp. occidentalis flower side viewFlower, side-view.

Corydalis aurea ssp. occidentalis flower front viewFlower, front-view.

Corydalis aurea ssp. occidentalis fruitFruit.

Flowering - March - June.

Habitat - Rocky woods, open ground.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found scattered throughout the southern half of Missouri and also occurs in a few more northern counties. The plant is similar to other members of the genus but can be identified by its erect fruits, its silvery-green foliage, and its big flowers (which have basal spurs 1/2 to 2/3 as long as the entire flower).
This and other plants in the genus (and family) contain alkaloids which make the plants toxic to grazing animals.

Photographs taken at Earthquake Hollow Conservation Area, Callaway County, MO., 4-22-04.


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