Dimorphocarpa wislizeni (Engelm.) Rollins
Touristplant, Spectacle Pod
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)
Synonym(s): Dithyrea griffithsii, Dithyrea wislizeni, Dithyrea wislizeni var. griffithsii
USDA Symbol: DIWI2
Touristplant or spectacle pod is a 1 1/2-2 ft. biennial with spikes of fragrant, 1 in., white to pale-pink blossoms and pale-green leaves. A grayish, hairy plant, either branched or unbranched, with pinnately lobed leaves and white flowers in dense thick racemes. The bi-lobed fruit looks like a pair of eyeglasses.
Species in this genus are very similar, all usually given the name Spectacle Pod, as their fruit resemble tiny eyeglasses. Dimorphocarpa candicans branches mostly above the middle, has upper leaves that are abruptly contracted to the stalk at the base (rather than tapered), and has pods 3/8-1/2" (8-12 mm) wide; it occurs from southwestern Kansas south to northern Texas and eastern New Mexico. In both species the anthers are not held strictly erect but are spread somewhat from one another. A remarkable look-alike in a different genus, California Spectacle Pod (Dithyrea californica), has sepals and anthers held erect and yellow-green, shallowly lobed leaves; it occurs from southern Nevada and southeastern California to western Arizona and northwestern Mexico. Until recently all were considered to be in the genus Dithyrea (meaning "two shields" in Greek, referring to the pod).
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: W. CO & NV, s. to w. TX & NM
Native Habitat: Sandy areas
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Deep, well-drained sands.
Conditions Comments: Cutting the first blooms will encourage lateral stems which will branch and bloom.
BenefitUse Medicinal: Whole plant boiled and tea given for delirium. Can be ground mixed with warm water and applied externally to swellings on any part of the body especially the throat. Also, ground into powder and sprinkled on wounds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed, which germinates following winter rains.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
BibliographyBibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dimorphocarpa wislizeni in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dimorphocarpa wislizeni in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-11-14
Research By: TWC Staff