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Apr 4, 2009

It seems that I have to get to know a "new" plant every Spring...
I've been roaming the woods near my home for years and I've always been attentive to the plants that grow there, especially in Spring. Yet I had never seen this plant with these delicate beautiful flowers. Now suddenly I discovered that the woods are filled with them!
I just don't understand I'd never seen them before... Where was I, or: where were they?
Curious as to what the name of this plant was, I took a picture, went to the (Dutch) plant database to compare, and found out that it is a Corydalis (it has Dutch names, but I couldn't find an English name for it).
There are two types of Corydalis: the Corydalis Cava, which has a hollow root, and the Corydalis Solida, which has a solid root. I have not been able to determine whether it is the Cava or the Solida. Perhaps someone here will be able to help me?
Anyway, I will never forget this little plant and I will look out for it every Spring from now on. I read that it will "disappear" soon, so I will have to enjoy it while it still blooms and is visible!
NB: according to Wikipedia, both the Cava and the Solida are poisonous.

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Posted: Saturday April 4, 2009, 1:28 am
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Mae D. (0)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 9:39 pm
Hi Lia, haven't spoken to you for ages! Hoe gaat het ermee? Just by 'accident' I came across your article.
I think that it is Corydalis Solida, as the C. Cava is a much taller plant and there is a distict difference in the leaf shape. The C. Solida has rounded lobes, but the C. Cava has more of a sharper edge (tooth) to it. Hope this helps. I've seen them both when living in Holland. There are now over 40 different cultivated ones and you can buy them via mail order.
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Lia De Ruiter
female, age 58, single, 1 child
The Hague, Z-H, Netherlands
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