Grass-Leaved Corydalis
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Grass-Leaved Corydalis
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Grass-Leaved Corydalis
Botanical name: Corydalis pseudojuncea    Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy family)

Grass-Leaved Corydalis is a slender erect herb with stem slender, erect, hairless, 10-40 cm long, green. Basal leaves are 1-2, with long (upto 20 cm) thread-like leaf-stalks, bitemate with long leaflets; leaflets hairless, lanceshaped, pointed, 1. 0-2.5 cm long. Stem leaves are solitary, stalkless, in upper part of stem, linear, pointed, 1-6 cm long, 2-4 mm broad. Flowers are borne in 2-6 flowered racemes. Bracts are linear, pointed, erect, longer than flower-stalks, 0.8-1.8 cm long. Flowers are on 4-8 mm long flower-stalks, lemon yellow, 1.0-1.6 cm long, not tipped with dark purple; sepals minute, falling off. Posterior petal is 1.5 cm long, including 7 mm spur, dorsal crest very narrow, anterior petal upto 9 mm long. Ovary is linear 0.7 x 1 cm; stigma bilobed, papillose. Fruit is linear on deflexed flower-stalk, 2.0-2.2 cm long including 2.5 mm style. Habitat: Alpine pastures, among clusters of grasses on gentle slopes or small grassy gullies. Grass-Leaved Corydalis is found usually solitary at altitudes of 2600-3350 m, in West Nepal, South Tibet, Garhwal Himalaya. FIowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh, Monika Sharma Photographed in Madhmaheshwar Valley, Uttarakhand.

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