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

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5TNR
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
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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
Montana Range


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 44

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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.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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