Two outer petals reflexed downward; two inner petals joined at the top. Santiago Truck Trail, Orange County, CA. 4-25-09. © Joan Avise

Golden Ear-drops

Ehrendorferia chrysantha
(formerly Dicentra chrysantha)

A 1.5 m. short-lived perennial which is uncommon except on dry slopes in burned areas 2-5 years following fire.   There are 4 petals in two pairs, larger outer ones with spreading tips and a sac-like base and an inner spoon-shaped pair joined at the top forming a cover over the 6 anthers. Fruits consist of a two-valved capsule.  Seeds seldom germinate except after fire.

Papaveraceae

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Green two-valved fruits forming. Santiago Truck Trail, Orange County, CA.4-25-09. © Joan Avise

Crowded flower clusters. Santiago Truck Trail, Orange County, CA. 4-25-09. © Joan Avise

Flower buds; 2 sepals, shed when petals open. Mt. Diablo State Park, Contra Costa Co., CA. 6-20-09. © Joan Avise

Three-pinnate leaves divided into fine segments. Santiago Truck Trail, Orange County, CA. 4-25-09. © Joan Avise

Flowers flattened with bilateral symmetry. Santiago Truck Trail, Orange County, CA. 4-25-09. © Joan Avise

Thick-stemmed upright flower stalk. Santiago Truck Trail, Orange County, CA. 4-25-09. © Joan Avise

Most leaves near base of plant; several thick flower stalks. Santiago Truck Trail, Orange County, CA. 4-25-09. © Joan Avise

3-5 ft. tall perennial. Santiago Truck Trail, Orange County, CA. 4-25-09. © Joan Avise