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Lesquerella gordonii (Gordon's bladderpod)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Lesquerella gordonii

Lesquerella gordonii (A. Gray) S. Watson

Gordon's Bladderpod

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Gordon's bladderpod is a hairy annual with a silvery gray appearance. Stems, up to 18 in. long, may be trailing or erect and are much-branched. Flowers are yellow and are followed by spherical, inflated fruit pods on curving stalks.

Extensive desert areas are colored in spring with the bright yellow flowers of this plant.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Silicle
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , KS , NM , OK , TX , VA
Native Distribution: W. OK to CO, s. to n. Mex. & AZ
Native Habitat: Desert flats; plains; mesas

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy or rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Extensive desert areas are colored in spring with the bright yellow flowers of this plant.


Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lesquerella gordonii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lesquerella gordonii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lesquerella gordonii


Record Modified: 2023-02-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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