Scientific Name:
Pseudofumaria lutea (L.) Borkh. (1789)
  • Fumaria lutea L. (1771)
  • Corydalis lutea (L.) DC.

Glabrous perennial herb. Stems erect or suberect, to 30 cm tall. Lvs 2–3-pinnate, glaucescent above, glaucous beneath, submembranous, (6)–10–20 × (3)–6–15 cm; leaflets 3-lobed or 3-fid; petiole not winged except at sheathing base, = or > lamina. Raceme 6–16-flowered; peduncle 1–6 cm long; fls crowded but rachis elongating at fruiting. Bracts membranous, entire, c. 1 × 0.5 mm. Pedicels slender, recurved at fruiting, c. 1 mm long. Sepals membranous, c. 1.5 × 1 mm. Corolla yellow, 8–12 mm long; spur 3–4 mm long. Capsule pale, papery, c. 1 cm long. Seeds black, shiny, rugulose, 1.5–2 mm diam.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4. as Corydalis lutea (L.) DC.]


Flowering: Oct.–Feb.; Fruiting: Oct.–Feb.

Pérez-Gutiérrez, M.A.; Romero-García, A.T. Fernández, M.C.; Blanca, G.; Salinas-Bonillo, M.J.; Suárez-Santiago, V.N. 2015: Evolutionary history of fumitories (subfamily Fumarioideae, Papaveraceae): An old story shaped by the main geological and climatic events in the Northern Hemisphere. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 88: 75–92.