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Curved Bladderpod - Physaria curvipes
Other Names:  Lesquerella alpina [in part]

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G3G4
State Rank: S3?
(see State Rank Reason below)

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
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  • Details on Status Ranking and Review
    Curved Bladderpod (Physaria curvipes) Conservation Status Review
    Review Date = 11/05/2012
    View State Conservation Rank Criteria
    Population Size

    Score1-2 - Small to Moderate. Population size is imprecisely known but is believed to be >2,000 individuals and <100,000 individuals.

    Range Extent

    Score2 - Regional or State Endemic or Small Montana Range: Generally restricted to an area <100,000 sq. miles (equivalent to 2/3 the size of Montana or less) or Montana contributes 50% or more of the species’ range or populations OR limited to 2-3 Sub-basins in Montana.

    Area of Occupancy

    Score2 - Low: Generally occurring in 4-10 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).

    Environmental Specificity

    Score1 - Moderate: Species is restricted to a specific habitat that is more widely distributed or to several restricted habitats and is typically dependent upon relatively unaltered, good-quality habitat (C Values of 5-7).

    Trends

    Score0-1 - Stable to Minor Declines:

    Threats

    Score0-1 - Low to Medium.

    Intrinsic Vulnerability

    Score0-1 - Low to Moderate Vulnerability.

    Raw Conservation Status Score

    Score 6 to 10 total points scored out of a possible 19.

 
General Description
Stems ascending, 8–24 cm from a simple caudex. Basal leaves spatulate, 25–50 mm long, the blade elliptic to rhombic, entire. Stem leaves spatulate. Vestiture of dense, appressed, 4- to 5-rayed stellate hairs. Petals 4–6 mm long. Fruit ovoid, inflated, 5–9 mm high; style 1.5–2.5 mm long; seeds 2 to 4 per locule; pedicels sigmoid-spreading, 4–7 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Diagnostic Characteristics
Curved Bladderpod - Physaria curvipes
*Pedicels are sigmoid to speading, 4-7 mm long.
*Fruits inflated, not 2-lobed, ovoid, and 5-9 mm tall. Style is less than half the length of the fruit (silicle).
*Basal leaf blades are thinner than 1 mm.

Thick-leaf BladderpodPhysaria pachyphylla, SOC
*Pedicels curve upwards (ascend), 3-10 mm long.
*Fruits inflated, not 2-lobed, and narrowly elliptic to ovoid, 3-6 mm tall. Style is more than half the length of the fruit (silicle).
*Basal leaves have distinct petioles and blades. Blades are spatulate to oblanceolate in shape, nearly 1 mm thick and cupped (but not folded), and with entire margins [key characteristic].
*Plants grow on pinkish or reddish soils derived from limestone on exposed slopes and ridges in valleys.

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Endemic to Big Horn County, MT and adjacent WY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 16

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)



Habitat
Stony, calcareous soil of exposed slopes, ridges in grassland, open forest; montane to subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Ecological Systems Associated with this Species

References
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    • 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.
    • Grady, Benjamin R. 2005. Molecules, morphology, and biogeography: an analysis of the phylogeny and taxonomy of the Physaria reediana species complex (Brassicaceae).
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • South, P.R. 1957. Food habits and range use of the mule deer in the Scudder Creek area, Beaverhead County, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 34 p.
    • Tschache, O.P. 1970. Effects of ecological changes induced by various sagebrush control techniques on small mammal populations. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 51 p.
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