Physaria species

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Scientific Name Physaria argyraea ssp. argyraea (Lesquerella argyraea) USDA PLANTS Symbol
LEAR3
Common Name Silver Bladderpod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
823388
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet Reference
Description Habitat: Sandy granitic or calcareous soils in central and south Texas.
Plant: Small herbaceous perennial or biennial with upright or reclining stems, usually less than 12 inches tall; stems and leaves with many small hairs giving a silvery appearance.
Leaves: Basal leaves dropping early, oblanceolate 2 to 3-1/2 inches long on long petioles; stem leaves elliptic to obovate 1/4 to 1-3/4 inches long, lower ones short petiolate, upper sessile; margins entire, sinuate or dentate.
Inflorescence: Yellow flowers 1/4 to 3/4-inch across with 4 spatulate or obovate petals and 4 oblong to elliptic sepals; flowers on recurved or S-shaped pedicels 5/8 to 1-3/16 inches long.
Bloom Period: February to May.
References: Floral of North America, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Physaria fendleri (Lesquerella fendleri) USDA PLANTS Symbol
LEFE
Common Name Fendler's Bladderpod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
823239
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet Reference
Description Habitat: Dry sandy, rocky, calcareous soils; prairies, slopes and mesas.
Plant: Short sprawling perennial with several stems up to 16 inches long, sometimes branched; stems and leaves with many small hairs giving a silvery appearance.
Leaves: Basal leaves (if present) up to 3 inches long and 1/2-inch wide, linear to elliptic, petiolate, margins entire or coarsely dentate; stem leaves alternate, up to 1 inch long, short-petiolate, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, margins entire or coarsely dentate.
Inflorescence: Terminal raceme with bright yellow flowers up to 1 inch across with 4 spreading petals and 4 oblong to elliptic sepals.
Bloom Period: February to August.
Fruit: Smooth round capsules about 0.2 to 0.3 inches long with a slightly pointed tip; often becoming reddish with age.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and SEINet.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Physaria gordonii (Lesquerella gordonii) USDA PLANTS Symbol
LEGO
Common Name Gordon's Bladderpod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
823240
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet Reference
Description Habitat: Sandy or light soils in rocky plains, caprock ledges, gravelly brushland, sandy desert washes, stream bottoms, pastures, roadsides.
Plant: Upright annual with several erect to decumbent, branched or unbranched stems; 18 inches tall; dense, short hairs covering stems and leaves.
Leaves: Basal leaves elliptic to obovate 3/4 to 2 inches long, petiolate and margins lyrate-pinnatifid, or entire or dentate; stem leaves linear to oblanceolate 3/8 to 2-3/4 inches long, lower ones sometimes short-petiolate, upper sessile, margins of lower leaves repand or shallowly dentate, upper leaves entire.
Inflorescence: Dense terminal racemes of numerous yellow to orange flowers each about 1/2-inch across; 4 cuneate to obovate petals and 4 elliptic or oblong sepals.
Bloom Period: March to June.
Fruit: Globular to ellipsoid capsules up to 1/3-inch across on straight, S-shaped or recurved pedicels 3/8 to 1-3/16 inches long.
References: SEINet, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Physaria gracilis (Lesquerella gracilis) USDA PLANTS Symbol
LEGR2
Common Name Cloth-of-gold, Spreading Bladderpod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
823260
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) Flora of North America Ref.
Description Habitat: Sandy or calcareous clay soils in pastures, prairies, roadsides and disturbed areas.
Plant: Upright to sprawling, delicate to wirey, annual to 20 inches tall with several pubescent stems, usually branched.
Leaves: Basal leaves narrowly oblanceolate to obovate to about 3 inches long, petiolate and margins entire to lyrate; stem leaves linear to oblanceolate 3/8 to 2 inches long, sessile, and margins entire to dentate.
Inflorescence: Dense terminal racemes of numerous yellow to orange flowers each about 1/2-inch across; 4 cuneate to obovate petals and 4 elliptic or oblong sepals.
Bloom Period: March to June.
Fruit: Globular to ellipsoid capsules up to 1/3-inch across on straight or slightly curved pedicels 3/8 to 3/4-inch long.
References: Flora of North America, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Physaria recurvata (Lesquerella recurvata) USDA PLANTS Symbol
LERE4
Common Name Gaslight Bladderpod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
23225
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet Reference
Description Habitat: Limestone outcrops and gravelly calcareous prairies in Central Texas.
Plant: Weak, sprawling annual with multiple stems 8 to 20 inches long.
Leaves: Basal leaves 1 to 2 inches long, elliptic to rhombic, may be dentate or pinnatifid; stem leaves 3/4 to 1-3/4-inches long, obovate to elliptic, margins smooth or slightly dentate.
Inflorescence: Small bright yellow star-shaped flowers along and at end of stems, 1/8 to 1/4-inch across; 4 petals and sepals, 6 stamens; wide open in full sun and closing at night.
Fruit: Round seed pods about 1/8-inch in diameter on recurved (bent) pedicels.
Bloom Period: March-May.
References: "500 Wild Flowers of San Antonio and Vicinity" by Ellen Schulz Quillin and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Texas Status
Native

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