Bladderpod

Common Names:
Bladderpod
Scientific name:
Peritoma arborea
Subspecies | Variants:
Peritoma arborea var. angustata, Peritoma arborea var. arborea, Peritoma arborea var. globosa
Synonyms:
Isomeris arborea
Elevation range:
<4,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
January, February, March, April, May, June, November, December
Height | Length:
2-5 ft.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Shrub
Pollinator or food source for:
Notes:
Pungent scent, Food for insects & larvae, Attracts butterflies
Ancestral Usage:
food
State Occurrences:
Parks & Preserves:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran
Comments: 

Food plant for Harlequin Bug (Murgantia histrionica) and Becker's white butterfly (Pieris beckeri).

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Bladderpod in the desert

Peritoma arborea looking beautiful on a roadside embankment. It tolerates a wide range of temperatures.  Cottonwood Spring, Joshua Tree National Park | February 2014     

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Bladderpod in the desert

Hummingbird (likely an Anna's hummingbird) nectaring on Peritoma arborea flower. Many different types of wildlife depend on native desert plants.  Mission Creek Preserve | March 2015    

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Bladderpod in the desert

Honey bee pollinating a Peritoma arborea flower. This plant can be found blooming just about any month of the year, depending on your location. Joshua Tree National Park | Dec 2013     

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Bladderpod in the desert

Peritoma arborea is in the Caper family. Indigenous people ate both the flowers and fruit. Note how the fruit develops at the end of the style (female reproductive part) visible here on both flower clusters in this photo. Mature fruits hang in a pendulous manner below. Joshua Tree National Park | February 2014     

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Bladderpod in the desert

Peritoma arborea is a hardy plant. It grows in coastal locations in southern California as well as deserts far inland.  Mission Creek Preserve | March 3, 2015    

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Bladderpod in the desert

Peritoma arborea catching some sun through a break in the storm overhead. Mission Creek Preserve, CA | March 2015     

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Bladderpod in the desert

Peritoma arborea has beautiful yellow flowers but has a pungent aroma as a chemical armament to deter browsing. Rainbow Basin Natural Area, CA | February 2013     

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Bladderpod  in the desert

Peritoma arborea growing between boulders where it is safe from erosion. It doesn't like too much water and will bloom even during droughts. Imagine how important it is to nectar collectors! Pioneertown, CA | March 2008     

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Bladderpod  in the desert

Closeup of Peritoma arborea showing its long stamens. Pioneertown, CA | March 2015     

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Bladderpod  in the desert

Peritoma arborea is an early bloomer and provides some of the first color in springtime.  Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2016     

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Bladderpod in the desert

A closer look at branches of Peritoma arborea shrub with flowers and fruit growing in the low desert. Palm Springs, CA | March 2013     

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Bladderpod in the desert

Peritoma arborea loaded with "bladderpod" fruit. That hasn't stopped it from blooming to produce more. Pioneertown, CA | April 2009