Species Description: The Kodachrome bladderpod (Lesquerella tumulosa) is a perennial herbaceous plant which produces a dense mound of cushion like growth. The flowers of Kodachrome bladderpod are yellow. In most years, the plants begin flowering in late April and continue through May with seed dispersal occurring in June.
Location: Kodachrome bladderpod is restricted to one population of scattered occurrences found only in Kane County, Utah. The Kodachrome bladderpod grows on white, bare shale knolls at elevations of about 5,700 feet. Today, more than 90 percent of the species’ known range occurs on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is managed by the BLM. Private landowners and the Kodachrome Basin State park comprise the rest of the range.
Actions: On November 5, 1993, we listed the Kodachrome bladderpod as endangered rangewide (58 FR 52027). A recovery outline was prepared at the time of listing. A draft recovery plan was under development between the years of 1995 and 1999, but never finalized. Neither of these documents were considered sufficient or up-to-date enough to direct the current and future recovery of Kodachrome bladderpod.
Therefore, on October 27, 2009, we completed a revised the recovery outline. This document provides a strategy for the species’ conservation in the interim between listing and approval of a formal recovery plan. It serves to guide recovery efforts and inform consultation and permitting activities until a comprehensive recovery plan for the species has been finalized and approved.