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

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Virginia Skilton     (Photo ID #2885)


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Distribution of Corydalis aurea
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Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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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)
922 573 1390
Slope Gradient (%)
27 0 100

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

237 205 270
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 0 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
# 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)

Habitat and 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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