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Corydalis tibetica Hook. f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 265. 1855; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 124. 1872.


Herbs, perennial, slender, diffuse, 5 - 16 (-20) cm long, glabrous or subpilose-glandular, glaucous; stems usually leafless, rarely 1-leaved, often developing a shoot in its axil. Radical leaves (5-) 8 - 20 cm long, including petiole, bi- or sub-tripinnatisect, sometimes 4 - 5-jugate with terminal lobe often slightly larger and densely lobulate; petioles 3 - 4 cm long; pinnae ovate to suborbicular, 1- 2.5 cm long; sessile or subsessile, shallowly to deeply dissected into pinnules or lobes; each pinnule or lobe again divided in threes; ultimate segments narrowly oblanceolate or oblong-linear, (2-) 4 - 10 mm long, 1 - 1.5 (-2) mm broad. Cauline leaves, if present, smaller and reduced. Racemes simple, hardly exceeding radical leaves, laxly 3 - 10-flowered; flowers yellow with brown or green tips, 1.5 - 2 cm long. Sepals minute, denticulate. Upper petal with dorsal wing reaching up to tip of spur and slightly denticulate, expanded and cristate or entire along margins, acute or acuminate at apex; spur slender, straight or slightly down curved, 8 - 10 mm long; lower petal winged as in upper petal, subsaccate at base. Capsules oblong-ovoid, 7 - 9 mm long, ca 2.5 mm thick; style 4 - 5 mm long, curved at apex; seeds 4 - 6, biseriate, 1.5 - 2 mm in diam., shiny black.

Fl. & Fr. June - Sept.

Distrib. India: Alpine N.W. Himalayas, 4000 - 5000 m. Jammu & Kashmir.

China (W. Tibet).




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