Physaria densiflora

(Dense-flower Bladderpod)


Physaria densiflora, CR 310, Llano Co. 8894


Physaria densiflora, CR 310, Llano Co. 8896


Physaria densiflora, CR 310, Llano Co. 8886


Physaria densiflora, CR 310, Llano Co. 8900


Physaria densiflora, CR 310, Llano Co. 8898

Scientific Name Physaria densiflora (Lesquerella densiflora) USDA PLANTS Symbol LEDE2
Common Name Dense-flower Bladderpod, Low Bladderpod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 823076
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet
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Description 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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