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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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14 April, 2015

Climbing Corydalis: the climbing fumitory | Nature Notes from Dorset

Climbing corydalis (Ceratocapnos claviculata) is an occasional woodland plant found in partial shade along rides and open glades in broad leaf woods, especially on acid soils. It is not a common plant anywhere and, in Dorset, seems to occur mainly in the Poole Basin where the soil is most suited to it but in this area broad leaf woodland is not common so that restricts the scope of this plant somewhat too. 
It is quite a delicate climber that weaves its way over other plants and, although it can be quite a large in size, it never grows very high. Climbing corydalis is a member of the fumitory family and has clusters of small, creamy-white tubular flowers that are typical of this group

Read more: Climbing Corydalis: the climbing fumitory | Nature Notes from Dorset