Scrambled Eggs

Corydalis aurea

Corydalis aurea photo © by Michael Plagens

North side of Lake Roosevelt in the Sierra Ancha foothills, Gila Co., Arizona. 14 April 2019.

FLOWERS: Maybe you were fixing breakfast at the campsite and spilled some eggs? The bright yellow flowers are bilaterally symmetrical with a well-developed nectar tube. Six stamens. Foliage and blooming occur mostly early spring.

RANGE: These plants are found sporadically throughout the upper elevations of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Sonora in damp, sandy soil.

LEAVES: Finely dissected, compound leaves are glabrous.

FRUIT: curved, elongate capsule.

HERB: Biennial or perennial. Related to poppy family and contains poisonous alkaloids.

Fumariaceae - Fumatory Family (some authorities retain in Papaveraceae - Poppy Family)

More Information:

Sonoran Desert Field Guide
Sonoran Desert Places
Sonoran Desert Naturalist Home Page

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 28 Feb. 2007,
updated 31 Oct. 2019.