What does Gordon Bladderpod and the US Census have in common?
It occurrs 'Once a Decade'!
Thanks to the Winter Rains in drought stricken Texas, Gordon Bladderpod is right now covering the pastures, rolling hills, and road ways in a beautiful blanket of Toxic Yellow Blooms and Pods.
The plant...yes, it's a plant...not a person...which appears in West Texas is Toxic to horses when consumed in large quantities. It can lead to a high temperature and swelling in the animals lower body...ie..it's reference to 'bladder'.
The native to West Texas Annual is identified and Indexed in Agricultural terms as Lesquerella gordonii, a multistemmed forb with bright yellow blooms and adjoining pods.
Typically Gordon Bladderpod isn't a threat to livestock because animals have other plants to graze, but drought conditions have stressed pasture grasses and plants. The yellow blooms will fade to a reddish color as it matures. The hollow seed pods are key to identifying it from other non-toxic yellow spring wildflowers.
"When grazin' times are tough....the Tough get Tougher.
Why, I can eat my weight in that lil O yellow flower.
My mama didn't name me 'Sweet Pee' for nothin'.
BTW, my ancestors were Indexed in the 1860 US Census".
According to the 1860 US Census, there were 600,000 people and 4 million head of cattle in Texas.
Most of the Longhorn cattle lived between the Rio Grande and Nueces Rivers.
Indexing Gordon Bladderpod in Texas written in support of the
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