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Corydalis cava

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 May 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: Images of a botanical trip to the Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) in Germany from 15 - 19/04/2011

Corydalis cava (NL: Holwortel / EN: Bulbous Corydalis / DE: Hohler Lerchensporn)

Between March and early April Corydalis cava develops variable-colored, slightly fragrant flowers. In every population there is roughly an equal amount of purple and white flowering specimens. The flowers are in a terminal ten-to 20-flowered and dense inflorescence. Below each flower are oval to ovate, entire bracts. In Corydalis solida - a very similar species, these bracts are divided. An individual flower is about 2 to 3 cm long. The botanical name derives from the Greek word "κορύδαλις" - "korýdalis" meaning "From the Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) because the flower shape is similar to the spurred toe of this bird. The Latin word "cava" means "hollow" and refers to the hollow tuber of the plant.

Image: Mühlberg (DE) - 16/04/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 100 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi!

22 May 2011 6:34am

Anca from Galati, Romania

beautiful spiral!

22 May 2011 12:57pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Fantastic shot of this flower!

22 May 2011 2:33pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful flower ,a nice angle of view !
friendships !

22 May 2011 7:20pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 100
150 mm