A Four Day Mystery

Gosh it was pretty out. Though it was a bit chilly. However I didn’t let that slow me down for going out to check on some plants at the grasslands.

On March 5th I found this plant. Hmmm, I don’t really recall seeing one like it before around here. This was the first one I found and it didn’t have much of a bloom.
Second plant had a better bloom!
The leaves were a bluish green. Quite different from the other green plants coming up.
Open wide it seemed to be saying. LOL. By this time after seeing multiple plants and with the help of my apps I concluded it was in the genus Corydalis. Some of you probably know this as the commonly called Scrambled-eggs. But now which one was it?
Once getting home and looking at the key, I decided to be sure I needed to wait for it to go to seed.
A four day wait and the plants were producing! Yahoo! Now I could get to the details.
Globose spur!
Time to measure the pod!

Seed measurements!

A closer look.

So after studying the keys in 3 or 4 books I concluded the plant was Slender Corydalis (Corydalis micrantha subsp. micrantha)! Other common names are Small-flowered Corydalis or Slender Fumewort. I am partial to the Slender Fumewort. 😉

The mystery had been solved! And it had been a great day to be out.

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    1. TORCH has four records for Texas. Oklahoma has more. And even more records further north like in Kansas and Missouri. Nature Serve list it as no status for Tx and most places it says has it. NC was red and Kansas was S5

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