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Physaria geyeri
Geyer's bladderpod, Geyer's twinpod

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in eastern Washington; Washington to Oregon, east to Idaho and Montana.

Habitat: Gravelly stream banks and hillsides.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Gray-stellate perennial herb from a branched crown, the many, simple stems erect to decumbent, 1-2 dm. tall.


Basal leaves 3-6 cm. long, the blades entire, obovate to nearly round, narrowed abruptly to broad petioles 2-3 times as long; cauline leaves alternate, several, much reduced, oblanceolate.


Inflorescence of many-flowered, elongate, bractless racemes; pedicles 6-20 mm. long, ascending to reflexed, somewhat S-shaped; sepals 4, purplish, stellate, the outer pair slightly saccate at the base; petals 4, yellow, spatulate, 5-11 mm. long; stamens 6; style 4-7 mm. long.


Silicles strongly inflated, obcompressed, obtuse to truncate at the base, 5-7 mm. long and slightly wider, with a broad, open, apical sinus about 2 mm. deep.

Accepted Name:
Physaria geyeri (Hook.) A. Gray
Publication: Gen. Amer. Bor. 1: 162. 1848.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Coulterina geyeri (Hook.) Kuntze
Lesquerella geyeri (Hook.) G.A. Mulligan
Vesicaria geyeri Hook.
ssp. geyeri – double bladderpod, Geyer's bladderpod, Geyer's twinpod    Occurring in eastern portion of Washington; Washington to Oregon east to Idaho and Montana.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Physaria geyeri in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Physaria geyeri checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Physaria geyeri atlas page.

CalPhotos: Physaria geyeri photos.

USDA Plants: Physaria geyeri information.

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