Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Botany picture #78: Corydalis ochroleuca

Corydalis ochroleuca (Papaveraceae/Fumariaceae), Botanic Garden of Halle, 2008. Traditionally treated as their own family, the Fumariaceae are today usually included in the poppy family Papaveraceae. Essentially, they are poppies that have evolved highly specialized, zygomorphic flowers. However, if I understand the situation correctly, the two groups may be reciprocally monophyletic, so in this case it is purely a matter of personal preference whether to treat them as separate or not.

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