|Missouri Bladderpod Up Close|
"The Missouri bladderpod was added to the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants on January 8, 1987 as an endangered species. As a result of this listing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepared a Recovery Plan that identified priority conservation actions. Those actions include protecting and monitoring existing populations, surveying for new populations, habitat protection, and public education. Progress made toward recovery prompted the Service to reclassify the bladderpod from endangered to threatened in October 2003." US Fish and Wildlife Service
|Seed Pod- Closeup|
|Note the fine hairs on the stem with a gray sheen|
|2010 - Cold Bladderpods Click to enlarge|
Management of glades for the preservation of bladderpod populations includes removal of invasive species, including cedars and the use of prescribed fire. Efforts like these have paid off.
"The Missouri bladderpod is restricted to southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. It was probably never found beyond this range but was known from only nine sites in three counties when it was first listed as endangered in 1987. After additional surveys were conducted and actions undertaken to conserve the bladderpod, the number of documented populations increased to 61 sites in 4 counties in Missouri and 2 sites in 2 counties in Arkansas. US Fish and Wildlife ServiceMore on Missouri bladderpod in the MDC fieldguide and this video.