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2c. Corydalis caseana subsp. brachycarpa (Rydberg) G. B. Ownbey, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 34: 204-205. 1947.

Capnoides brachycarpum Rydberg, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 34: 426. 1907

Stems mostly 4-10 dm. Flowers : outer petals with marginal wing highly developed, scarcely revolute, apex rounded, occasionally minutely notched.

Flowering mid summer. On gravel bars along streams; of conservation concern; 2550-3050 m; Utah.

The epithet brachycarpa , apparently intended to denote a difference between the capsules of this taxon and those of its close relatives, is a misnomer since their fruits are all similar. It may have resulted from a misinterpretation of the swollen capsules commonly found on plants of this subspecies. Such fruits always contain insect larvae that stimulate production of abnormal tissue, which increases the fruit diameter significantly.


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