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Plants that Attract Butterflies, A Gallery of Paintings by Albert Valentien

Painting of Isomeris arborea, by Albert Valentien

Isomeris arborea (Bladderpod)
Painted by Albert Valentien
© San Diego Natural History Museum

Isomeris arborea

Isomeris arborea or Bladderpod is a small to medium-sized thickly-branched shrub with inflated fruits and compound leaves with 3-15 leaflets. It occurs in semi-arid and arid conditions, such as on coastal bluffs and hills, and in desert washes. This plant is in the same family as the plant that produces edible capers (Capparaceae), but the leaves of Isomeris have a strong unpleasant odor, which accounts for another common name, Stinkweed. Becker's White butterflies use this species as well as plants in the Brassicaceae or mustard family as hosts.

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