Plant ID forum: Woodland Wildflower

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 1, 2017 9:32 PM CST
Found this lovely little thing blooming while hiking a local trail. Looks like a species of Corydalis to me, but I can't figure out which.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 1, 2017 9:52 PM CST
We have it blooming here too - whatever it is.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2017 10:01 PM CST
Which leaves go with the flowers?
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Mar 1, 2017 10:26 PM CST
Try using this key:
http://www.efloras.org/florata...
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Silversurfer
Mar 2, 2017 5:39 AM CST
Agree with Leftwood..Corydalis sp.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 2, 2017 6:08 AM CST
Daisy, the gray-blue tinged, finey disected leaves go with the plant in question.

Thanks Rick!

I'm thinking it is probably this one:
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Mar 2, 2017 7:01 AM CST
Good to know.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 2, 2017 7:07 AM CST
In some photos I'm finding on line the foliage looks to be a match, but in others the leaves look more rounded at the tips. So I'm still unsure?
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Mar 2, 2017 9:41 AM CST
As you already know, Neal, variation is common in species, especially in the wild, and especially with species with such a large natural distribution range, like C. aurea. I grew a Corydalis species that I eventually identified as C. aurea, but it took a long time for me to be satisfied. From a friend who grew it for more than a decade, it seed around for her, but not for me, hardly, and I lost them in about 5 years. Anyway, I finally had to go back to my friend's to look at hers rather than just mine.
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You may need to wait to see a more strongly delineating characteristic to get your answer.
From Bleeding Hearts, Corydalis, and their relatives by Tebbitt, Lidén and Zetterlund.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Mar 2, 2017 10:42 AM CST
Another Kentucky native, Corydalis micrantha: http://www.kywildflowers.org/e...

edited to add: I don't know a thing about Corydalis, that's just one I came across when googling that reminded me of your plant. :)

edited again to add the gardne.org database link: Slender Fumeroot (Corydalis micrantha)
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 2, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Excellent points Rick! Thanks Thumbs up

Lin, those photos also look like a match! I believe Rick is correct that other charactaristics need to be examined besides just leaves and blooms. Being I only have the 1 photo, I believe this one may remain a bit of a mystery.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Mar 2, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Corydalis lutea?
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Mar 2, 2017 12:22 PM CST
I just took a look at the plants growing here and that is a good mach for them too. Thanks, Lin.
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