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Bladderpod is member of the Cappara ceae (Caper Family) and native to California (FNA, 2011; Hickman, 1993). It is a spherical shaped evergreen shrub 2-7 feet tall. The stems are profusely branched with corky bark on primary branches and smooth twigs. The alternate leaf is compound with petioles supporting three leaflets. The flowers are perfect, with green sepals half the length of the inflorescence, yellow petals and six stamens. The fruits are inflated capsules containing 5–25 seeds, which are are obovoid, dark brown and smooth.
Colorado subdivision of the Sonoran Desert
Pinto Basin, Joshua Tree National Park, CA