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Spreading Bladderpod Lesquerella gracilis


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Spreading Bladderpod
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Alternate name: Cloth-of-gold

Family: Brassicaceae, Mustard view all from this family

Description Spreading Bladderpod or Cloth-of-gold is an upright or sprawling, hairy annual, to 20 in. Several stems are usually branched; the younger portions gray colored, the older portions less hairy and more green. Yellow flowers, sometimes streaked with orange near the base, occur in a short, dense, terminal spike.

Flower March - May.

Flower March - May

Habitat Prairies; pastures; roadsides; disturbed areas.

Range C. and s.c. Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Arkansas; naturalized to the north and east.

Discussion Masses of this plant form solid sheets of yellow in early spring.

Comments Masses of this plant form solid sheets of yellow in early spring.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution C. & s.c. Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi & Arkansas

Site Preference Prairies; pastures; roadsides; disturbed areas

Soil Preference Sandy or calcareous, clay soils

Wildlife Value Small, roundish fruit is eaten by the falcate orangetip butterfly.