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Physaria acutifolia (Sharpleaf twinpod)
Cressler, Alan

Physaria acutifolia

Physaria acutifolia Rydb.

Sharpleaf Twinpod, Double Bladderpod

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)


USDA Symbol: PHAC4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A silvery plant with a basal rosette of leaves and prostrate to erect stems with upturned tips bearing dense racemes of yellow flowers.

Physaria derives from the Greek physa, meaning “bellows,” referring to the swollen pod halves. There are about 14 species in the West, distinguished by features of mature pods. Most occur in dry mountain areas and are known as Twinpod or Double Bladderpod


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Idaho and Montana south to Nevada and New Mexico; mostly within drainage of Colorado River.
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky or gravelly areas in arid shrublands, aspen forests, coniferous forests, and alpine tundra.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-02-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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