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rose bladderpod

Habit Perennials; caudex simple, (usually woody); densely pubescent, trichomes (sessile or short-stalked), several-rayed, rays simple or furcate, (smooth or tuberculate).

simple from base, erect, (unbranched, sparsely leaved), to 7 dm.

Basal leaves

blade elliptic or obovate to oblong, 4–15 cm, margins entire, dentate, or lyrate-pinnatifid.

Cauline leaves

(proximal often narrowed to short petiole, distal sessile);

blade broadly elliptic to obovate or rhombic, 0.5–3(–5) cm, margins entire.


dense or slightly elongated.


sepals elliptic to ovate, 3.5–6(–7) mm, (median pair usually thickened apically, cucullate);

petals (white, often purple-veined, fading purplish), suborbicular to obovate, obdeltate, or cuneate, 4.5–10(–12) mm, (often narrowed to broad claw, apex emarginate, less frequently claw undifferentiated from blade).

Fruiting pedicels

(spreading or recurved, loosely sigmoid), 5–25 mm.


(pendent or horizontal, sessile or substipitate), subglobose to broadly ellipsoid, not or slightly inflated, (4–)5–8 mm;

valves (not retaining seeds after dehiscence), glabrous throughout;

replum as wide as or wider than fruit;

ovules 4–8(–12) per ovary;

style 1–3(–4) mm.




= 18, 36.

Physaria purpurea

Phenology Flowering Mar–Oct.
Habitat Rocky draws, canyons, stony hills, ridges, rock crevices on limestone ledges, lava cliffs, sand and gravel of dry stream beds, rocky slopes, talus, shade of bushes or cactus clumps
Elevation 400-2400 m (1300-7900 ft)
from FNA
AZ; NM; TX; Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora)
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Source FNA vol. 7, p. 659.
Parent taxa Brassicaceae > tribe Physarieae > Physaria
Sibling taxa
P. acutifolia, P. alpestris, P. alpina, P. angustifolia, P. arctica, P. arenosa, P. argyraea, P. arizonica, P. aurea, P. bellii, P. brassicoides, P. calcicola, P. calderi, P. carinata, P. chambersii, P. cinerea, P. condensata, P. congesta, P. cordiformis, P. curvipes, P. densiflora, P. didymocarpa, P. dornii, P. douglasii, P. eburniflora, P. engelmannii, P. eriocarpa, P. fendleri, P. filiformis, P. floribunda, P. fremontii, P. garrettii, P. geyeri, P. globosa, P. gooddingii, P. gordonii, P. gracilis, P. grahamii, P. hemiphysaria, P. hitchcockii, P. humilis, P. integrifolia, P. intermedia, P. kingii, P. klausii, P. lata, P. lepidota, P. lesicii, P. lindheimeri, P. ludoviciana, P. macrocarpa, P. mcvaughiana, P. montana, P. multiceps, P. navajoensis, P. nelsonii, P. newberryi, P. obcordata, P. obdeltata, P. occidentalis, P. oregona, P. ovalifolia, P. pachyphylla, P. pallida, P. parviflora, P. parvula, P. pendula, P. pinetorum, P. prostrata, P. pruinosa, P. pulvinata, P. pycnantha, P. rectipes, P. recurvata, P. reediana, P. rollinsii, P. saximontana, P. scrotiformis, P. sessilis, P. spatulata, P. subumbellata, P. tenella, P. thamnophila, P. tumulosa, P. valida, P. vicina, P. vitulifera
Synonyms Vesicaria purpurea, Lesquerella purpurea, Lesquerella purpurea subsp. foliosa, Lesquerella purpurea var. foliosa, P. purpurea var. foliosa
Name authority (A. Gray) O’Kane & Al-Shehbaz: Novon 12: 327. (2002)
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