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Lesquerella fendleri - (A.Gray.)S.Wats.

Common Name Bladder Pod, Fendler's bladderpod
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Roadsides in open, sandy or rocky often calcareous soils[274].
Range South-western N. America - east to Kansas and south to N. Mexico.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lesquerella fendleri Bladder Pod, Fendler

G.A. Cooper @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Lesquerella fendleri Bladder Pod, Fendler
Patrick J. Alexander @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database


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Physical Characteristics

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Lesquerella fendleri is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

The seed yields up to 28% oil and 22% protein[269]. Average yields of 1.1 tonnes per hectare have been postulated and in small-scale experiments 1.6 tonnes has been attained[269]. The oil has possibilities in the manufacture of grease thickeners due to the hydroxy-acid content. Major amounts of hydroxy-acids occur in the obscure seed oils, among them Lesquerella, but few of them have been subjected to development. According to Osman and Ahmad (1981), the only hydroxylated vegetable oil commercially available is castor oil. Other potential sources include Castalis, Coriaria, Dimorphotheca, Hiptage, and Osteospermum[269].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Bladderpod is reported to tolerate an annual precipitation of 30 to 110cm, an annual temperature range of 13 to 15°C and a pH in the range of 5.6 to 8.3[269]. The seeds germinate in the autumn, flower in the spring, and seed is harvested in late spring. This is indicative of its requirements for cool, semi-arid conditions during growth. The plant thrives in areas with 25 - 40 cm rainfall from September through April, suggestive of the requirements of winter grains. The plant responds well to irrigation. In Texas, massive populations thrive on calich soil. The plant is a pioneer on disturbed soils which are dry, open, well-drained sites. It will tolerate soils with basic reaction (pH 8.2 - 8.3) but not those with salt or gypsum. The plant is reported to tolerate frost and high pH[269]. Bladder-pod is cultivated for the seed which yields up to 28% oil and 22% protein[269]. A relatively new crop, bladder-pod has no recognized cvs. Because it is very polymorphic, "certainly the most polymorphic in the genus", it offers genetic material for selection and breeding[269]. In its native range, the plant is cold tolerant at altitudes of 1,200 - 2,100 m, suggesting its use for more northern cultivation. At seed maturation or failing moisture, the plant dries and the taproot breaks off, allowing the dried plant to blow about like tumbleweeds, thus dispersing the seeds[269].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information for Britain, but in its native range the plant germinates in the autumn. Thus direct sowings in situ could be tried both in the autumn and in the spring in Britain[K]. Seeds can germinate after being dormant up to 5 years[269]. Under normal situations, light is required for germination[269]. Optimum germination temperature is 20°C[269].

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Lesquerella hybridsPerennial LesquerellaPerennial0.6 7-11 FLMSNDM204
Lesquerella intermediaBladder Pod, Mid bladderpod 0.0 0-0  LMHSNM01 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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