Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Corydalis aurea Willdenow subsp. occidentalis (Engelmann ex Gray) G. Ownbey
(Golden Smoke, Scrambled Eggs)


Family: Fumariaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
Capnoides montanum (Engelmann) Britton
Corydalis aurea Willdenow var. occidentalis Engelmann
Corydalis curvisiliqua Engelmann subsp. occidentalis (Engelmann ex Gray) W.A. Weber
Corydalis montana Engelmann

Corydalis aurea subsp. occidentalis is easily recognized by the irregular yellow flowers in singly, in pairs, or in loose racemes along with very dissected leaves with round-lobed segments. corydalis aurea is found in moist meadows growing from under rocks, as well as in town growing around foundations. This subspecies has fruits which are ascending rather than reflexed.
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Corydalis aurea subsp. occidentalis, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Willow Creek, Apr. 18, 2007



Corydalis aurea subsp. occidentalis, growth habitat, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, Apr. 20, 2008



Corydalis aurea subsp. occidentalis, detail of flower and fruit, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, Apr. 20, 2008



Corydalis aurea subsp. occidentalis, detail of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, Apr. 6, 2009



Corydalis aurea subsp. occidentalis, detail of fruit, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Pinos Altos, Apr. 6, 2009



Corydalis aurea subsp. occidentalis, growth habit, photo Russ Kleinman, Sycamore Canyon near Cliff, March 21, 2010


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