Two-Leaved Corydalis
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Two-Leaved Corydalis
ative Photo: Narendra Joshi
Common name: Two-Leaved Corydalis
Botanical name: Corydalis diphylla    Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
Synonyms: Corydalis longipes, Corydalis hamiltoniana, Corydalis modesta

Two-Leaved Corydalis is a delicate pink to purple-flowered perennial herb, 5-15 tall, with a rather dense few-flowered cluster at the top. Flowers are 5-15 in number, 1.5-2.5 cm long, with a stout, paler, prominently up-curved spur with often down-curved tip. Bracts are entire, pointed. Stem leaves are generally two. They are double-compound, with oblong, entire leaflets, the middle leaflet being longest. Capsule is oblong-elliptic, 1-1.5 cm long, with a curved style. Two-Leaved Corydalis is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to W Nepal, at altitudes of 1800-3300 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Magnus Lidén Photographed in Gulmarg, Kashmir & Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh.

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