E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Physaria arctica var. arctica (Wormsk. ex Hornem.) O'Kane & Shehbaz.
arctic bladderpod
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

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Distribution of Physaria arctica
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Species Information

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Perennial from short taproot and a woody stem-base; stems decumbent to erect, 4-20 (25) cm tall.
Basal leaves in a rosette, egg-shaped to oblanceolate, stalked, entire, (1) 2-6 (15) cm long; stem leaves much reduced, 0.5-1.5 (3) cm long, unstalked or short-stalked, hairy, the hairs starlike.
Inflorescences loose; flower stalks ascending to erect, 5-20 (40) mm long; petals yellow, 5-6 (7) mm long; sepals 3-4.5 mm long, hairy, the hairs starlike.
Silicles, subglobose to ellipsoid, 5-8 mm long, 4-5.5 (7) mm wide, glabrous or hairy, the hairs starlike; beaks 1-2.5 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry gravel bars, river terraces, scree slopes and rocky slopes in the montane to alpine zones; rare in extreme N BC; amphiberingian, N to AK, YT and NT; NW Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Lesquerella arctica var. arctica (Wormsk. ex Hornem.) S. Wats.
Lesquerella purshii var. arctica

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