Corydalis cashmeriana Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 69 1834. (Syn: Capnoides cachemiriana Kuntze);
Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir), India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Kumaon),
S-Tibet (Kailash)
as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Kashmir Corydalis, Blue Corydalis

Erect perennial herbs, 5-25 cm tall. Stem one to few, from axils of fleshy scales forming, small bulbils from top of rhizome, glabrous. Root stocks woody, branched, scaly tuberous with some fibrous roots. Basal radical leaves few, almost from the base the stem, broadly ovate-triangular, obcuneate, about 2-3 cm long, petioles filiform, sheathing the base, about 10-17 cm long, with 3-5, linear-oblong, oblong, deeply ternate, lateral and terminal pinnae, terminal pinnae almost equal to the lateral pinnae, 3-5 lobulate, about 10-15 mm long, petiolules about 1-2 cm long, ultimate segments or leaflets, linear-oblanceolate, about 1-2.5 x 1-1.7 mm across, veins parallel, prominent, Cauline leaves absent or 1-2, alternate, usually in the middle of the stem, lanceolate-oblong, more deeply lobed or pinnatisect, subsessile or sessile, lobules linear-oblong, apex acute with mucronate tip. Inflorescence simple, raceme or subumbellate, terminal, about 3-8 flowered, dense, bracts leaf-like, divided lacinately 2-7 lobed, margin entire, apex acute, almost as long as the pedicels, about 1 mm long. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic, pale blue, bluish violet, about 1.5-2.2 cm long, pedicels 3-5 mm long, deflexed in fruit about 1.5-4 cm long, Sepals 2, scarious, oblong, margin short dentate below, membranous, petals 4, outer series dissimilar, upper petal, broad, concave, clawed at the base, apex spurred shortly or minutely acuminate, margin subentire, glabrous, about 11-22 mm including the spur, lower petals, rhombic-ovate, broad and almost flat, apex acute or obtuse-truncate limb, distinctly keeled, shortly crested beyond the upper lip. Stamens 6, in 2 bundles, anthers dimorphous, midanthers dithecous and lateral anther monothecous. Ovary unilocular, hypogynous, ovules many, style filiform, stigmas dilated, broader than long, curved flattened bilobed. Fruits capsules, pendent from a straight pedicel, linear-oblong, rarely dimorphic, about 10-18 x 2.5-4 mm across, dehiscing when mature by tumid or inflated valves. Seeds 8-20, biseriate, suborbicular, about 1.5 mm across, shining black.

Temperate to Alpine Himalayas, altitude 2800-5500 m.
(Attributions- Ganeshaiah, K. N., UAS, Bangalore, India.; Kailash, B. R., ATREE, Bangalore, India.; Royal Norwegian Embassy grants. Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN), Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi as per India Biodiversity Portal)




VoF Week: Corydalis cashmeriana from the way to Hemkund Sahib:

Corydalis cashmeriana from the way to Hemkund Sahib
Alti- 3600-3700 mts

VOF Week: Corydalis cashmeriana at VoF and en-route Hemkund Sahib:  Corydalis cashmeriana (Family:Fumariaceae ) at VoF and en-route Hemkund Sahib.  

Thanks … for the photographs of this Himalayan beauty, I have yet to capture, though collected long ago.


VoF Week: Corydalis cashmeriana from Valley:  Corydalis cashmeriana from Valley

I too had sen this flowers, very attractive colours, thanks … for sharing.


3 AUG 12
Hemakund – Ghangaria trailabout 13500 ft 

Uploaded a cropped photo; these Corydalis (among many other Himalayan tiny beauties) are confusing !

Yes …, they are confusing. My boss … has been much interested in Corydalis and has collected a lots of them. He used to say the group needed a revision, and that some might require a new name…



Corydalis cashmeriana from Chopta in Uttarkhand Attachments (3).  4 posts by 4 authors.

Corydalis cashmeriana Royle, blue flowered species common on slopes above Chopta in Uttarakhand. Photographed on June 1, 2013

Lovely flowers, nice macro ..



Identification of the flowering plants : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
kindly help me the identification of the plants growing in high altitudes of Kashmir Himalaya

Corydalis cashmeriana (Fumariaceae) to me.

Yes C. cashmeriana

Here is mine from Chopta Uttarakhand. Attachments (1).


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