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Corydalis aurea Willd.
golden corydalis (scrambled eggs)
Papaveraceae (Fumitory family)
(Previously in Fumariaceae)

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Corydalis aurea ssp. aurea

Species Information

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Annual or biennial herb from a taproot; stems spreading to prostrate, freely branched, glabrous, 10-50 cm long.
Stem leaves alternate, divided several times, blue-green, usually with a bloom.
Inflorescence of loose axillary and terminal racemes with several flowers; corollas yellow, 12-18 mm long; spurs 3-6 mm long and rounded at the tip.
Capsules, thin, curved, drooping, 20-25 mm long, constricted between the seeds; seeds 2 mm long, black, shiny.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry grasslands, meadows, rocky slopes, roadsides, clearings and forest openings in the steppe, montane and subalpine zones; frequent throughout BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; N to AK, YT and NT, E to PQ and S to UT, MO, OH, TX, CA and MX.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Corydalis aurea

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 573 922 1390
Slope Gradient (%) 0 27 100
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
205 237 270
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(1), BWBS(1), IDF(1), MS(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Capnoides aureum (Willd.) Kuntze
Capnoides campestre Britton
Capnoides halei Small
Corydalis aurea subsp. aurea
Corydalis aurea var. australis Chapm.
Corydalis campestris (Britton) J. Buchholz & Palmer
Corydalis halei (Small) Fernald & B.G. Schub.
Corydalis micrantha var. australis (Chapm.) Shinners
Corydalis washingtoniana Fedde

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