Physaria globosa

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Physaria globosa
Physaria globosa.jpg

Imperiled (NatureServe)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Physaria
Species: P. globosa
Binomial name
Physaria globosa
(Desv.) O’Kane & Al-Shehbaz

Alyssum globosum
Alyssum shortii
Lesquerella globosa
Vesicaria globosa

Physaria globosa (syn. Lesquerella globosa), is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family commonly known as globe bladderpod, Short's bladderpod, and Lesquereux's mustard.[1] It is native to the United States, where it is limited to Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.[2] It is a rare species throughout its range and in 2014 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule protecting it under the Endangered Species Act.[3][4]


Physaria globosa is a small plant covered with dense hairs giving it a grayish appearance. It produces yellow flowers in the spring, and its fruit is globe-shaped. Its preferred habitat is dry limestone cliffs, barrens, cedar glades, steep wooded slopes, and talus areas. Some have also been found in areas of deeper soil and roadsides.


The population fluctuates year to year, but on average there are about 2000 living plants at any one time, divided among 33 known locations. Threats include forms of habitat degradation and destruction, including road construction and grading, mowing, dumping, herbicides, alteration of waterways, livestock damage, and invasive species of plants such as Japanese honeysuckle, garlic mustard, alsike clover, sweet clover, meadow fescue, and multiflora rose.[1]

All populations are considered vulnerable to extirpation.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Lesquerella globosa". NatureServe. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  2. ^ Physaria globosa. Flora of North America.
  3. ^ Region 3 Candidate Species. USFWS.
  4. ^ Remillard, Ashley (August 4, 2014) "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Final Rule Protecting Three Flowers" Endangered Species Law and Policy Blog, Nossaman LLP
  5. ^ Lesquerella globosa. Center for Plant Conservation.