Texas
Wildbuds

Physaria gracilis

(Cloth-of-gold)

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Physaria gracilis, Along CR312, Llano Co. 4189

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Physaria gracilis, Along CR312, Llano Co. 4180

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Physaria gracilis, Along CR312, Llano Co. 4156

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Physaria gracilis, southeast of Llano, Llano Co. 2516

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Physaria gracilis, Along CR312, Llano Co. 4190

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Physaria gracilis, southeast of Llano, Llano Co. 2516

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. Click Here
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: Round 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.
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Texas Status:
Native

Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX

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