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Physaria douglasii (S.Watson) O'Kane & Al-Shehbaz, 2002
Columbia bladderpod (Douglas' bladderpod)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

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Physaria douglasii ssp. douglasii

Species Information

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Perennial from a taproot and a simple stem-base; stems several, erect, rarely branched, (10) 20-40 (50) cm tall, densely hairy.
Basal leaves suborbicular to elliptic, stalked, entire to remotely toothed, 3-12 cm long, 2-15 mm wide, hairy; stem leaves many, usually linear to linear-oblanceolate, entire to sinuate or remotely toothed, 1-4.5 cm long, hairy.
Flower stalks erect and nearly straight to S-shaped or slightly recurved, 6-17 mm long; petals yellow to yellowish-orange, 6-9 mm long.
Silicles, very short-stalked, inflated, egg-shaped to nearly globose, 3-4 mm long and as wide, sparsely hairy or glabrous; beaks about equalling the silicle in length; seeds flattened, not winged.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grasslands, shrublands, meadows and rocky slopes in the steppe to alpine zones; infrequent in extreme SC and SE BC; S to ID and N OR.

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 douglasii S. Watson

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