|Scientific Name||Physaria ludoviciana (Lesquerella ludoviciana)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LELU|
|Common Name||Foothill Bladderpod||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||823205|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to foothills (3500 to 7500 ft.); sandy or gravelly soils on hillsides, grasslands, rocky outcrops, bluffs, and flats.
Plant: Erect perennial with one or a few stems 4 to 14 inches tall; herbage is densely covered with pubescent hairs.
Leaves: Basal leaves are erect, narrowly lanceolate to linear or oblanceolate, 3/4 to 2-3/8 inches long, usually with entire edges; stem leaves narrowly oblanceolate to linear, 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches long with flat or curled-up edges; densely covered with star-shaped white hairs that give them a silvery cast.
Inflorescence: Compact, densely-flowered raceme compact, becoming elongated; 4 yellow oblanceolate or obovate petals 1/4-inch long, sepals oblong to broadly elliptic, about the same length as petals.
Bloom Period: May to July.
Fruit: Hairy, round or ovoid seed pods less than 1/4-inch across on straight or downward-curved pedicels 3/8 to almost 1 inch long.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Minnesota Wildflowers and Flora of North America.
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