Zapata bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The Zapata bladderpod does not have woody stems and is a perennial, branched plant.

  • States/US Territories in which the Zapata bladderpod is known to or is believed to occur:  Texas
  • US Counties in which the Zapata bladderpod is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the Zapata bladderpod is known to occur:  Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
11/22/1999 Southwest Region (Region 2)

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
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.
12/09/1993 58 FR 64828 64845 Endangered and Threatened Species; Petition Findings for 990 Species
09/30/1993 58 FR 51144 51190 ETWP; Review of Plant Taxa for Listing as Endangered or Threatened Species
08/25/2004 69 FR 52305 Notice of Availability of the Final Recovery Plan for the Zapata bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila)
12/15/1980 45 FR 82480 82569 Review of Plant Taxa for Listing as Endangered or Threatened Species
11/28/1983 48 FR 53640 53670 Supplement to Review of Plant Taxa for Listing as End. or Thr. Species; 48 FR 53640-53670
11/22/1999 64 FR 63745 63752 ETWP; Determination of Endangered Status for the Plant Lesquerella thamnophila (Zapata Bladderpod)
07/01/1975 40 FR 27924 Review of Status of Vascular Plants
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
02/21/1990 55 FR 6184 6229 ETWP; Review of Plant Taxa for Listing as Endangered or Threatened Species; Notice of Review; 55 FR 6184 6229
09/27/1985 50 FR 39526 39584 Review of Plant Taxa for Listing as End. or Thr. Species; Notice of Review; 50 FR 39526-39584
02/11/2009 74 FR 6917 6919 5-Year Reviews of 23 Southwestern Species
10/30/2001 66 FR 54808 54832 ETWP; Review of Plant and Animal Species That Are Candidates or Proposed for Listing as Endangered or Threatened,Annual Notice of Findings on Recycled Petitions, and Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions; Proposed Rule
10/25/1999 64 FR 57535 57547 Review of Plant and Animal Taxa That Are Candidates or Proposed for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Recycled Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
01/22/1998 63 FR 3301 3306 ETWP; Proposed Rule To List the Plant Lesquerella Thamnophila (Zapata Bladderpod) as Endangered
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)
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)
02/28/1996 61 FR 7597 7613 ETWP; Review of Plant and Animal Taxa That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened Species
09/19/1997 62 FR 49398 49397 Review of Plant and Animal Taxa

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
07/14/2004 Zapata Bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila) Recovery Plan View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
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.
  • Notice Doc. Availability
  • Notice Reopen Comment
08/25/2004 69 FR 52305 Notice of Availability of the Final Recovery Plan for the Zapata bladderpod (Lesquerella thamnophila)
  • Notice Final Recovery Plan Availability
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
  • Notice Draft Recovery Plan Availability
02/11/2009 74 FR 6917 6919 5-Year Reviews of 23 Southwestern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
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.

» Petitions

» Life History

Habitat Requirements

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.

Food Habits

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.

Reproductive Strategy

Zapata bladderpod have bright, yellow-petaled flowers. The plant usually flowers from February to April, but is dependent on the amount of rainfall.

Other

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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