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Corydalis pauciflora (Stephan) Pers.
few-flowered corydalis (blue corydalis; fewflower fumewort)
Papaveraceae (Fumitory family)
(Previously in Fumariaceae)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a tuberous root; stems usually solitary, erect, glabrous 5-15 cm tall.
Stem leaves 2-5, clustered near the stem-base, once-divided in threes, glabrous, with a bloom, the leaflets lobed.
Inflorescence of terminal racemes with 2-6 flowers; corollas blue to bluish-purple, 15-22 mm long; spurs 6-10 mm long.
Podlike capsules, thin, more or less straight, 1-2 cm long, only slightly constricted or not at all; seeds 1.5 mm long, black, shiny.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet to moist meadows and seepage sites in the subalpine and alpine zones; infrequent in N BC; amphiberingian, N to AK, YT and SW NT; Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Corydalis pauciflora

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) 1670 1869 2165
Slope Gradient (%) 0 10 21
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
20 19 231
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 4 5
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: BAFA(3), ESSF(1), SWB(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

Corydalis pauciflora var. albiflora A.E. Porsild
Corydalis pauciflora var. chamissonis Fedde

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