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25. Corydalis sect. Mucroniferae Fedde ex Lidén, Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), Bot. 18: 524. 1989.

尖突黄堇组 jian tu huang jin zu

Herbs, perennial, very small, pulvinate, taprooted. Petiole ribbonlike; blade pinnate or biternate to triternate. Leaves and bracts usually pale in lower 1/2, green distally. Racemes corymbose, mostly shorter than leaves; bracts large trifid or flabellately divided, margin often with hairs or lobes aristate. Pedicel erect, at fruiting apically hooked. Flowers yellow or whitish; inner petals with yellow dorsal wings. Stigma conspicuously oblique, with stalked papillae. Fruit with few seeds and slender long styles, usually buried in bracts.

Seven species: Kashmir and Nepal to W China; five species (four endemic) in China.

Corydalis megacalyx Ludlow & Stearn (Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), Bot. 5: 58. 1975), described from Nepal, is close to the Chinese border but currently is not known from China.

1 Bract segments aristate-mucronate   (2)
+ Bract and leaf segments not or shortly mucronate, sometimes ciliate   (3)
2 (1) Crest narrow, not reaching apex; stigma with 4 apical papillae.   136 C. mucronifera
+ Crest broad, reaching apex; stigma with 6 apical papillae.   137 C. chrysosphaera
3 (1) Ultimate lobes linear to oblanceolate   (4)
+ Ultimate lobes rounded, obtuse   (5)
4 (4) Flowers 14-17 mm; plant without horizontal runners. ..... C. megacalyx (see note above)   (4)
+ Flowers 9-12 mm; plant with prominent horizontal runners.   135 C. pygmaea
5 (3) Upper petal 8-9 mm; stigma with 4 papillae; leaves ternatisect to ternate with entire median lobe.   138 C. spathulata
+ Upper petal 9-15 mm; stigma with 8 papillae; leaves 2-3 × ternate with crowded lobes; lower petal usually with ciliate claw.   139 C. inopinata

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