Corydalis govaniana Wall., Tent. Fl. Napal. 55 1826. (Syn: Capnoides govaniana Kuntze);
S-Tibet, Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir), India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh), Pakistan (Chitral, Swat, Kohistan, Hazara), Pakistani Kashmir (Gilgit, Deosai), Nepal as per Catalogue of Life;
Govan’s Corydalis;


Corydalis govaniana ??… en-route Dhel Pass – GHNP- PKA41 :  5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5).

Seen this herb en-rout Dhel pass at GHNP at an altitude of approx. 3600m.
Bot. name: Corydalis govaniana ??..(Pl. validate)
Family: Fumariaceae

It is also looks me Corydalis goviana



Corydalis sp. for ID (fr. Churdhar) : VG-JUL-09 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Sharing some images of an attractive herb from our recent trek to Churdhar Peak.
Photographed en route to the summit on 26 May 2015.

Would appreciate any help with the specific id.

It is Corydalis govaniana (Govan’s Corydalis)


upper Chamba identifications al280811:
A beautiful flower found all over the slopes in upper reaches of Chamba

Location Chamba
Altitude 4000 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild
Height 18-20 inches

May be Corydalis cornuta

Please show a close up with spur in view.

Corydalis govaniana by any chance?

Here are the differences
C. cornuta                                                                              C. govaniana
Plant procumbent with long strangling branches                     Plant erect
Flowers yellow with dark tips, 1.2-2 cm long                          Flowers yellow without dark tips, 2.5 cm long
Spur almost as long as posterior petal                                    Spur half as long as posterior petal
capsule oblong obovate, 10-12 mm long                               Capsule oblong, 10-15 mm long

With more close ups perhaps this may be resolved.

That’s too close….. 🙂

The best I can do sir…

I think I will go with C. cornuta, the spur seems pretty long in one or more flowers where it is visible. The tips of leaf segments are more or less pointed in this species, not so in C. govaniana in which also the stem leaves are not more than two.

I think it does not match with images at Corydalis cornuta
It is more closer to images of Corydalis govaniana as per the following:


 from Kookar Nag to Sinthan Pass, Jammu & Kashmir- 08th August 2009; Request for ID 080809 Pass 16 – indiantreepix | Google Groups


Taken on 8/5/07, on way to Zirmi Thaatch (11000 ft.) in Himachal during Sar Pass Trek.
For more details about the plant, please click on the following link:


Flora of Uttarakhand- Corydalis govaniana ?: Wild Herb captured on 13/8/10 during the trek from Ghangaria (around 11,000 ft.) to Hemkunt Sahib (around 14000 ft.).

C. govaniana has ercet robust habit, 0-2 cauline leaves (with leaves mostly radical), erect robust inflorescence and curved spur. Wikimedia Commons

This one looks to me as C. ramosa Wall ex Hook.f. & Thoms.

This appears to be Corydalis govaniana as per comparative images at Corydalis


VOF Week: Corydalis sp. –en-route Hemkund Sahib: This the 4th set of Corydalis sp. This could also turn out to be similar to other corydalis sp. posted by me.
Family: Fumariaceae

Perhaps Corydalis moorcroftiana

This is Corydalis govaniana as per images and details herein.


On Sar Pass Trek in May’07 in Kullu distt. of  Himachal; Corydalis species? – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Corydalis meifolia Wall. … (family: Papaveraceae)

3 AUG 12
Hemakund – Ghangaria trail
about 12400 ft

Very good photographs. By the way which books do you consult for identification of VoF plants.

Many thanks … for the appreciation.
1) Quick reference – K R Keshava Murthy’s book (Floral Gallery of Himalayan Valley of Flowers and Adjacent Areas)
2) Flowers of India
3) eFI database
and sometimes:
4) Flowers of the Himalaya by Oleg Polunin & Adam Stainton

Appears to be some other species as not matching as per the following:


Corydalis govaniana: 2 images.
📷:Adil abdullah.

Yes. It matches with the images in the net

Yes sir.. Thank you.

This is one of the medicinal plants :  . Antidote, anti-inflammatory, febrifuge and vermifuge, it is used in the treatment of disorders from poisoning, swelling of the limbs and stomach/intestinal pain due to worm infestations – PFAF

please always mention locality while uploading any plant. This species generally grows at altitudes above 8000 ft

Collected from forests of kupwara


PM01-27072021- id confirmation from Pangi valley- Corydalis govaniana?:
Habit- herbaceous plant with dissected leaves and bright yellow flowers 

Habitat- subalpine meadows, open fields
Location- Sural bhatori (Pangi)
Date- July 2021
To me it looks like close to C. govaniana
Please confirm

Comparative images at indicate your ID is correct.

Yes it is





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