common foothill bladder-pod, silver bladder-pod
[Lesquerella ludoviciana (Nutt.) S.Watson]
Etymology: Lesquerella: from Leo Lesquereaux (1805-1889), American botanist, foremost authority of American fossil botany in latter part of 19th century, educated in Switzerland, brought to US by Louis Agazziz in 1848, produced several important works on American mosses.
Plants: erect to drooping, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb with several stems; taprooted
Leaves: lower leaves narrow, mostly with smooth edges; the few upper leaves stalkless, tapering to the base
Flowers: yellow, 4-parted; inflorescence up to 6" long cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers
Fruits: roundish pod about 1/8" wide
Habitat: dry; cliffsides, prairies
Conservation Status: Threatened
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc.