Corydalis aurea

(Scrambled Eggs)

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Corydalis aurea, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 1730/1743

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Corydalis aurea, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 1718

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Corydalis aurea, FR 788 near Los Pinos, Saguache Co. 3231

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Corydalis aurea, FR 788 near Los Pinos, Saguache Co. 3231

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Leaves, Corydalis aurea, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 1782

Scientific Name Corydalis aurea ssp. aurea USDA PLANTS Symbol COAU2
Common Name Golden Corydalis, Scrambled Eggs ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18999
Family Papaveraceae (Poppy) formerly Fumariaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to subalpine (3600 to 11000 ft); moist to dry areas, hillsides, streamsides, rocky banks, open woodlands.
Plant: Bushy annual or biennial, highly branched with stems from 8 to 14 inches tall, becoming prostrate with age.
Leaves: Pinnately-compound 1 to 4 times, ultimate lobes are elliptic, 1.5 times or more longer than wide with incised margins.
Inflorescence: Compact racemes of 10-20 yellow, initially erect, later drooping, tubular flowers each with two pairs of petals; racemes shorter than or slightly exceeding leaves.
Bloom Period: April to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and Minnesota Wildflowers.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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