Zapata bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila)
Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND
The Zapata bladderpod does not have woody stems and is a perennial, branched plant.
- States/US Territories in which the Zapata bladderpod, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: Texas
- US Counties in which the Zapata bladderpod, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: View All
- USFWS Refuges in which the Zapata bladderpod, Wherever found is known to occur:
Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|11/22/1999||Southwest Region (Region 2)||Wherever found|
» Federal Register Documents
|Date||Title||Plan Action Status||Plan Status|
|07/14/2004||Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan||View Implementation Progress||Final|
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type|
|10/03/2000||65 FR 58981 58982||Reopening of Public Comment Period and Notice of Availability of Draft Economic Analysis for Proposed Critical Habitat Determination for the Zapata Bladderpod.||
|08/25/2004||69 FR 52305||Notice of Availability of the Final Recovery Plan for the Zapata bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila)||
|01/16/2003||68 FR 2350 2351||Notice of Availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for the Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) for Review and Comment||
|02/11/2009||74 FR 6917 6919||5-Year Reviews of 23 Southwestern Species||
|08/28/2015||Zapata Bladderpod 5-yr review|
» Critical Habitat
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type||Status|
|12/22/2000||65 FR 81182 81212||Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Designation of Critical Habitat for the Plant Lesquerella Thamnophila (Zapata Bladderpod)||Final Rule||Final designated|
|07/19/2000||65 FR 44717 44753||Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Plant Lesquerella thamnophila (Zapata bladderpod)||Proposed Rule||Not Required|
To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab
» Conservation Plans
No conservation plans have been created for Zapata bladderpod.
» Life History
Zapata bladderpod occurs in thorn shrublands and is often associated with blackbrush acacia (Acacia rigidula), cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens), and calderona (Krameria ramosissima) among other species.
The Zapata bladderpod populations are associated with Jackson, Laredo and Yegua geologic formations from the Eocene that contain fossils and are composed of sandstone with high gypsum (calcium sulfate) content and clays. Soils at Zapata bladderpod sites include graveled to sandy loam soil types underlain by sandstone (Jimenez-Quemado soils), Catarina series soils , Zapata-Mavervick soils, and soils in the Copita series.
Movement / Home Range
Populations are known to occur in Starr and Zapata counties, Texas and several populations have been documented in the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Recently the Tamaulipan populations have been shown to be genetically distinct from the Texas populations and may be another species.
Zapata bladderpod have bright, yellow-petaled flowers. The plant usually flowers from February to April, but is dependent on the amount of rainfall.
The Zapata bladderpod is long, with sprawling stems up to 34 inches (85 centimeters) in length. Stem leaves are linear to elliptical and are 1 to 1.5 inches (3 to 4 centimeters) long and 0.1 to 0.3 inches (2 to 8 millilmeters) wide. Basal leaves are elliptical and are 1.5 to 4.8 inches (4 to 12 centimeters) long to 0.3 to 0.6 inches (7 to 15 millimeters) wide.
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