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Thelypodium wrightii (Wright's thelypody)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Thelypodium wrightii

Thelypodium wrightii A. Gray

Wright's Thelypody, Wright Thelypody

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Some Wright Thelypody individuals were 6 feet tall. It has many spreading branches with round clusters of white flowers at the end of the stems. If the flower heads were of different colors, the plant would look like a decorated Christmas tree. Long seedpods follow the blossoms. These, with the long, narrow leaves swaying in the breeze, give a delicate, lacy effect (248).

The species name of this plant is for Charles Wright, 1811-1885, world-wide botanical collector but mainly in Texas (1837-1852), Cuba and his native Connecticut.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Silique
Size Notes: Up to about 9 feet tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Usually white, rarely lavender.


USA: AZ , CO , NM , NV , OK , TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1109 Collected 2007-09-13 in Jeff Davis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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