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Spatula-leaf Bladderpod - Physaria spatulata
Other Names:  Lesquerella alpina var. spatulata, Physaria reediana ssp. spatulata, Physaria eriocarpa

Status Under Review

Global Rank: G5TNR
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
Stems simple, erect to ascending, 1–15 cm from a simple or branched caudex clothed in old leaf bases. Basal leaves 7–30 mm long, oblanceolate to spatulate, entire. Stem leaves linear to narrowly oblanceolate. Vestiture of dense, appressed, stellate hairs. Petals 5–7 mm long. Fruit ovoid, inflated, 2–5 mm high; style 2–3.5 mm long; seeds 2 to 4 per locule; pedicels sigmoid-spreading, 4–12 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AB, SK south to WY and SD (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 38

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Sandy or gravelly soil of exposed slopes, ridges in grasslands, steppe, woodlands, fellfields, more common in calcareous soil; plains, valleys to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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    • Grady, Benjamin R. 2005. Molecules, morphology, and biogeography: an analysis of the phylogeny and taxonomy of the Physaria reediana species complex (Brassicaceae).

    • Grady, B. R., and S. L. O'Kane. 2007. New Species and Combinations in Physaria (Brassicaceae) from Western North America. Novon 17 (2): 182-192.
    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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