|Scientific Name||Physaria densiflora (Lesquerella densiflora)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LEDE2|
|Common Name||Dense-flower Bladderpod, Low Bladderpod||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||823076|
Habitat: Sandy, calcareous or granitic soils; sandy ledges, limestone outcrops, rocky prairies in Central Texas.
Plant: Annual or biennial with one to several erect, decumbent or sometimes prostrate stems up to 16 inches long, creating a low carpet of golden-yellow flowers along roadsides; stems and leaves with dense covering of fine stellate (star-shaped) hairs.
Leaves: Basal leaves oblanceolate to obovate, deeply lobed and 3/8 to 2-3/4 inches long, on long petioles; stem leaves up to 2-3/8 inches long, narrowly obovate to elliptic on short petioles or sessile, margins are wavy (repand) to having a couple shallow teeth on each side.
Inflorescence: Dense terminal racemes of numerous yellow to orange flowers each 1/4 to 1/2-inch across; 4 obovate to obdeltate petals and 4 elliptic sepals.
Bloom Period: March to May.
Fruit: Round to obovoid capsules up to 1/4-inch across on straight, spreading to nearly horizontal pedicels 3/8 to 5/8-inch long.
References: Flora of North America, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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