Lesquerella occidentalis

Western Lesquerella

Erect to prostrate, densely coated with hairs. Stems usually unbranched from leafy rosette. Basal leaves 1/3–3 in., oval to round, wavy-edged to toothed, with long petioles; few stem leaves small, oval, entire or with few teeth, with short petioles. Flowers at top of elongating stems. Flower petals yellow, small, nearly round. Seedpods oblong, more or less flat, tip often beaked, hairy. Grows in rocky soils, talus, ridges, at high elevations. Subsp. occidentalis has erect stems about 4 in. long; grayish, basal, toothed or lobed leaves; grows in eastern Oregon.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Biennial, Perennial
  • Height: 2--8 inches
  • Habitat: Alpine, Subalpine
  • Found In: Wallowas
  • Native: Yes