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139. Corydalis inopinata Prain ex Fedde, Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 22: 26. 1925.

卡惹拉黄堇 ka re la huang jin

Corydalis fimbripetala Ludlow & Stearn; C. inopinata var. glabra C. Y. Wu & Z. Y. Su.

Herbs, perennial, forming cushions, 2-7 cm tall, glabrous or usually ± papillose-pubescent, with long taproot. Stems several, branched, with leaves. Leaves many, 2-4(-7) cm, with long weak flat petiole; blade rounded, 5-10 × 7-10 mm, 2-3 × ternatisect into orbicular to obovate closely imbricate fleshy lobules, obtuse or shortly mucronate, glabrous or sparsely ciliate. Racemes corymbose, 2-8-flowered; bracts cuneate-flabellate, 5-12 mm, 3-6 mm wide at apex, lower ones biternatisect into oblong to narrowly obovate mucronate lobes, often ciliate. Pedicel 6-12 mm, erect, apically hooked in fruit. Flowers yellow. Sepals 0.5-2 × 1-1.5 mm, finely dentate. Upper petal 9-15 mm; spur cylindric, 4-7 mm; nectary 2/3-4/5 as long as spur; lower petal 6-9 mm, with broad ciliate claw and obtuse to subacute entire to sharply dentate limb; inner petals (5-)6-8 mm. Stigma slightly bifid, with 8 papillae. Capsule elliptic, 4-6 × ca. 2 mm, 2-6-seeded; style ca. 3 mm. Seeds 0.8-1 mm, with peculiar papillate surface; elaiosome small.

Alpine scree, steppes, sands; 4400-5500 m. S Xizang (widespread W of 93°E) [Kashmir (Rupshu)].

Plants from the western part of the range (Burang in SW Xizang, and Kashmir) have small flowers with small dorsal crests not reaching the apex.


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