Climbing Corydalis - Ceratocapnos claviculata


Climbing Corydalis is a delicate, pale, much branched climber, with pale cream flowers in a lax raceme of 6 to 8, and with leaves terminating in branched tendrils. It grows up to a metre tall with weak, often pinkish, clambering stems.

Identification difficulty

It occurs in woodlands or rocky areas, generally on acid soils.

When to see it

June to September, sometimes earlier.

Life History

Annual, very occasionally a perennial.

UK Status

Fairly widespread but local in most of Britain, and less common in central southern England.

VC55 Status

Mostly confined to Charnwood Forest and the north west of Leicestershire where it is local. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 11 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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